Mercy Health Saint Mary’s earns national acclaim

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The newly renovated Birth Center at Mercy Health Saint Mary's features spacious rooms, a top-of-the-line surgical unit, family-focused labor and delivery rooms and a postpartum unit. Courtesy Mercy Health

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s was named to Newsweek’s 2020 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals.

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

“I am very proud of our maternity care team,” said Susan Bankhead, RN DNP, CCRN-K CNML, clinical service at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s and regional operations director for Women and Children’s West Michigan, Mercy Health. “This recognition showcases our continuous efforts to provide excellent, quality care for both mother and baby.”

The newly renovated Birth Center at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s features spacious rooms, a top-of-the-line surgical unit, family-focused labor and delivery rooms and a postpartum unit.

“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 met The Leapfrog Group’s standards for maternity care on evidence-based, nationally standardized metrics.

The standards were 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.

The full list of recipients appeared in the July 24 edition of Newsweek, available online and at newsstands nationwide.

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