Hospitals honored for maternity care


Courtesy Mercy Health St. Mary's

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%

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