Pennock Hospital

Spectrum Health Pennock recognized as one of nation’s best maternity hospitals

December 27, 2021

Spectrum Health Pennock has been recognized as one of the nation’s best maternity hospitals, according to the inaugural list of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals for Maternity.

“Spectrum Health Pennock is truly honored to join some of the best hospitals in the nation for maternity care and the recognition speaks volumes about the outstanding care our OB/GYNs, certified nurse midwives, nurses and entire team provide to the families we serve,” said Pennock president Angela Ditmar. “Pennock’s maternity team truly reflects Spectrum Health’s commitment to providing personalized, exceptional care. We are extremely proud that we can help improve health and inspire hope in the community we serve.”

The Pennock Family Birthing Center is one of 12 hospitals in Michigan that U.S. News recognized for high performance in maternity care. Out of the 2,700 hospitals across the United States that offer maternity services, 237 were identified as “high-performing.”

The Best Hospitals for Maternity evaluation looks at hospital data relating to uncomplicated pregnancies at five different factors:

  • Scheduled early deliveries
  • C-section rates in low-risk women
  • Newborn complications
  • Rate of exclusive breast milk feeding
  • Option for vaginal births after cesarean.
  • Participating hospital profiles also include a variety of relevant information on services and amenities, like private rooms, valet parking and availability of child birthing classes.

Three of Michigan’s Rural Hospitals were recognized as High Performing in Maternity Care, all of them Spectrum Health hospitals: Spectrum Health Big Rapids, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial and Spectrum Health Pennock.

Spectrum Health Butterworth and Blodgett, as well as Zeeland Community Hospital were also recognized for high performance in maternity care.

The maternity care recognition expands the U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, ratings and data offerings.


Morgan Rademacher
Marketing and Communications
Phone: 269.948.3116