Awards, United Hospital

United Hospital Recognized for Maternity Care Excellence

Five Spectrum Health hospitals lauded for positive delivery outcomes.

United Hospital OB Staff.

GREENVILLE, Mich., May 7, 2021 – In honor of Mother’s Day, The Economic Alliance for Michigan (EAM), has awarded Spectrum Health United Hospital a Hospital Maternity Care Excellence Award for the fourth year in a row.

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.

“We’re delighted that our maternity care team has again earned this 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.”

United Hospital has earned the distinction in each of the program’s four years and is one of five Spectrum Health hospitals to earn the designation. Other Spectrum Health hospitals recognized include:

  • Spectrum Health Butterworth in Grand Rapids
  • Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial in Fremont
  • Spectrum Health Lakeland in Niles
  • Spectrum Health Pennock in Hastings

“The recipients of the Hospital Maternity Care Award demonstrate their dedication to giving newborns the best start to life,” said Bret Jackson, president of EAM. “Unnecessary cesarean sections and elective early deliveries are all linked to increased negative health outcomes and higher medical bills. These costs can be financially devasting to new parents and can trickle down to employers as well.”

For the award, hospitals were evaluated in four areas: cesarean rates, episiotomy rates, elective early delivery rates and maternity care processes. The data is from The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C. based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers.

To be awarded the Excellence Award, hospitals need to fully meet the standard in all four areas in the same calendar year.

The Maternity Care Project also provides details for birthing centers in Michigan, providing parents-to-be invaluable information in making a choice for hospital maternity care. To compare birthing centers and learn more about the project go to


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