Several West Michigan hospitals have been recognized for their “excellence and improvement” in maternity care.
The Economic Alliance for Michigan, or EAM, a nonprofit comprised of Michigan employers and unions, for the second year is awarding hospitals throughout Michigan for their maternity care and delivery outcomes.
The awards are part of EAM’s Maternity Care Project, created in 2018 to reduce the rate of unnecessary C-sections in the state, decrease infant mortality and reduce elective early deliveries.
For the Improvement Award, hospitals must have demonstrated decreases in cesarean rates, episiotomy and elective early delivery over a two-year period and must now fully meet the standard for cesarean delivery rates.
To be awarded the Excellence Award, hospitals need to fully meet the standard in all four areas in the same calendar year.
2019 Maternity Care Excellence Award recipients
Bronson Hospital, Battle Creek
Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit
Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Grand Rapids – reduced unnecessary cesareans by 12.9%
Metro Health, Wyoming
Munson Medical Center, Traverse City
Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial, Fremont
Spectrum Health Lakeland, St. Joseph
Spectrum Health Pennock Hospital, Hastings
Spectrum Health United Hospital, Greenville
2019 Maternity Care Improvement Award recipients
Munson Grayling Hospital, Grayling
Spectrum Health Lakeland, Niles – reduced unnecessary cesareans by 15.6%