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Spectrum Health United Hospital Recognized With 2022 Maternity Care Excellence Award

Greenville Hospital

GREENVILLE, Mich., September 20, 2022 – For the fifth consecutive year, Spectrum Health United Hospital has been recognized with a Maternity Care Excellence Award from the Economic Alliance for Michigan (EAM).

EAM, a nonprofit group comprised of Michigan’s largest employers and unions, announced the annual EAM Hospital Maternity Care Awards September 15, recognizing hospitals throughout Michigan that have demonstrated excellence and improvement in maternity care and delivery outcomes.

“We’re very excited to again earn this award and proud of our birthing center nurses, physicians and quality team in keeping the safety of our mothers the absolute highest priority,” said Andrea Leslie, president of Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals.

Only thirteen hospitals in Michigan earned an excellence award for 2022. This marks the fifth year for the awards. United Hospital in Greenville has earned the distinction each year.

Spectrum Health Pennock in Hastings, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial in Fremont and Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital in Zeeland were also recognized with an excellence award.

The awards are part of EAM’s Maternity Care Project. Created in 2018, the project goals are to decrease the state’s infant mortality rate, reduce the rate of unnecessary C-sections, and be an educational resource for new and expecting parents residing in Michigan.

For the award, hospitals were evaluated in four areas: cesarean rates (less than 23.6% of low-risk deliveries), episiotomy rates (less than 5% of deliveries), elective early delivery rates (less than 5% of deliveries), and maternity care processes (90% or greater). The data is from the 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey performed by The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C. based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers.

About Spectrum Health

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system that provides care and coverage, comprising 31,000+ team members, 14 hospitals (including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital), a robust network of care facilities, teams of nationally recognized doctors and providers, and the nation’s third-largest provider-sponsored health plan, Priority Health, currently serving over 1 million members across the state of Michigan.

People are at the heart of everything we do. Locally governed and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we are focused on our mission: to improve health, inspire hope and save lives. Spectrum Health has a legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Through experience, innovation and collaboration, we are reimagining a better, more equitable model of health and wellness.