University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center Receives High Performing designation, Highest award in Maternity Care
U.S. News & World Report recently revealed its 2022-2023 Best Hospitals for Maternity Care and gave University Hospitals (UH) Geauga Medical Center, a campus of UH Regional Hospitals, a High Performing designation.
U.S. News evaluated 649 hospitals that provide labor and delivery services and submitted detailed data to the publication for analysis. UH Geauga Medical Center was one of only 297 hospitals rated as High Performing, which is the highest award a hospital can earn in maternity care.
U.S. News uses these evaluations to assist expectant parents, in consultation with their doctors, in making informed decisions about where to receive maternity care. The methodology is based entirely on objective measures of quality, and looks at hospital data only for uncomplicated pregnancies–not high-risk pregnancies.
This year, hospitals were evaluated by eight key factors:
- C-section delivery rates.
- Early elective delivery rates.
- Overall unexpected newborn complication rates.
- Exclusive breast milk feeding rates.
This year’s methodology also included four measures not previously factored into Best Hospitals for Maternity Care:
- Routine vaginal birth after cesarean delivery rates.
- Episiotomy rates.
- Whether each hospital met new federal criteria for “birthing-friendly” practices.
- Transparency on racial/ethnic disparities.
“UH Geauga’s High Performing designation in Best Maternity Care is a true testament to the high-quality care our team brings to new parents and their babies each and every day,” said Natalina Andreani, MD, Division Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Associate Chief Medical Officer at UH Geauga Medical Center. “I’m proud of our team for continuing to exceed national standards of care for our patients.”
The detailed Best Hospitals for Maternity methodology report can be found here (page 11 describes how hospitals earned recognition as High Performing).
The full list of 2022-23 Best Hospitals for Maternity can be found here.
Founded in 1866, University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of more than 20 hospitals (including five joint ventures), more than 50 health centers and outpatient facilities, and over 200 physician offices in 16 counties throughout northern Ohio. The system’s flagship quaternary care, academic medical center, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Oxford University and the Technion Israel Institute of Technology. The main campus also includes the UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital, Ohio’s only hospital for women; and UH Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. UH is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the nation, with more than 3,000 active clinical trials and research studies underway. UH Cleveland Medical Center is perennially among the highest performers in national ranking surveys, including “America’s Best Hospitals” from U.S. News & World Report. UH is also home to 19 Clinical Care Delivery and Research Institutes. UH is one of the largest employers in Northeast Ohio with more than 30,000 employees. Follow UH on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. For more information, visit UHhospitals.org.