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Spectrum Health United Hospital Maternity Care Nationally Recognized

Newsweek Magazine distinction salutes exemplary care for moms and newborns.

GREENVILLE, Mich., July 17, 2020 – Spectrum Health United Hospital today was named to Newsweek’s 2020 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals in the country.

 The distinction recognizes facilities that have excelled in providing care to mothers, newborns and their families, as verified by the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey.

“We’re delighted for our maternity care team in earning this prestigious distinction,” said Carol Dwyer, chief nursing officer for Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals. “Led by birthing center nurse manager Kourtney Quinn, this team continues to provide an outstanding and safe experience for area mothers, babies and their families. We also believe the exceptional partnerships with our OB/GYN and pediatric physicians has created the ability for us to excel in our practices and outcomes.”

This award follows United Hospital earning a fifth consecutive “A” grade from The Leapfrog Group earlier this year for patient safety and excellence in care.

Best Maternity Care Hospitals are an elite group of hospitals from across the country” said Nancy Cooper, Editor in Chief of Newsweek. “These facilities are to be commended for the care they provide to women and families, and for giving babies a strong start to life. Particularly in these uncertain times, we are honored to share this list of top-ranked facilities with Newsweek’s readership.”

 Hospitals named as a Best Maternity Care Hospital have fully met The Leapfrog Group’s standards for maternity care on evidence-based, nationally standardized metrics. The tough standards have been established by Leapfrog’s national expert panel. This includes lower rates of early elective delivery, NTSV C-section, and episiotomy, as well as compliance with process measures including newborn bilirubin screening prior to discharge and blood clot prevention techniques for mothers delivering via C-section.

United Hospital was one of fewer than 250 to receive the prestigious accolade. Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital was also recognized. The full list of recipients will appear in the July 24 edition of Newsweek.


About Spectrum Health

Spectrum Health System, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,600 medical staff experts, 3,300 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 150 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $585 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2019. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $30 million in philanthropy in the most recent fiscal year to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.

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