Zeeland Community Hospital

Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital Recognized With 2022 Maternity Care Excellence Award

ZEELAND, Mich., September 22, 2022 –Spectrum Health Zeeland Community 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.

“It’s an honor to receive this award as it reflects the dedication, commitment and efforts of our family birth center nurses, physicians and quality team,” said Linda Schaltz, chief nursing officer at Zeeland Community Hospital. “The safety of our patients and families is the team’s highest priority and is represented by this elite recognition.”

Only thirteen hospitals in Michigan earned an excellence award for 2022. This marks the fifth year for the awards.

Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial in Fremont and Spectrum Health Pennock in Hastings 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.


People are at the heart of everything we do, and the inspiration for our long and continuing legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Our award-winning team improves health, inspires hope and saves lives across 13 counties in West Michigan. We bring together 11 hospitals—including Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, with expert care from 350+ pediatric specialists in 70+ specialties and programs—three rehabilitation and nursing centers, 120 outpatient sites and telehealth services. We are proud to work with 4,000 physicians and advanced practice providers, including Spectrum Health Medical Group, one of the largest and most comprehensive multispecialty physician groups in West Michigan.

Sara Donkersloot
Corporate Communications Manager
Office: 616.772.5768
Mobile: 616.886.0580
Email: sara.donkersloot@spectrumhealth.org