By: Richard L. Smith
In a testament to their commitment to exceptional maternity care, four RWJBarnabas Health facilities have been acknowledged by U.S. News & World Report in their prestigious 2023-2024 Best Hospitals for Maternity Care rankings.
Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset have all received the coveted "High Performing" designation in maternity care, underlining their dedication to expectant mothers and their families.
The Best Hospitals for Maternity Care evaluation, an annual assessment, aids expectant parents in making informed decisions about where to receive maternity care that aligns with their family's needs.
This recognition represents the highest accolade a hospital can achieve in U.S. News' Best Hospitals for Maternity Care ranking.
Suzanne Spernal, DNP, APN-BC, RNC-OB, C-ONQS, Senior Vice President of Women's Services at RWJBarnabas Health, expressed her pride in the system's commitment to excellence in maternity care.
She stated, "The distinctions from U.S. News & World Report underscore our dedication to excellence in maternity care across the system. We are committed to delivering inclusive and high-quality care for expectant mothers and families, and this national recognition validates our continuous efforts to advance that mission."
U.S. News evaluated hospitals across the nation providing labor and delivery services, with only a select few meeting the rigorous criteria for the high-performing designation. Among these hospitals, C-section rates were 26% lower, and newborn complication rates were 37% lower than those at unrecognized hospitals.
Expectant parents seeking information on local hospital performance metrics can access them for free at health.usnews.com to aid in their decision-making process.
The methodology behind the U.S. News Best Hospitals for Maternity Care rankings is rooted in objective quality measures.
These measures include C-section rates for lower-risk pregnancies, newborn complication rates, exclusive breast milk feeding rates, early elective delivery rates, birthing-friendly practices, and transparency regarding racial/ethnic disparities, among others.
For further details and information, visit the Best Hospitals for Maternity Care on the U.S. News website. RWJBarnabas Health's recognition in these rankings reflects their dedication to delivering outstanding maternity care to their communities.