Moms to be will take comfort in knowing that a local maternity hospital has been recognized nationally for doing stellar work.

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Newsweek has named Mercy Health Saint Mary's to their list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals. Mercy Health Saint Mary’s was one of fewer than 225 to receive the prestigious accolade.

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By providing exceptional care to mothers, newborns, and their families, the care facility made the list comprised of other hospitals commended for the care they provide to women and families, and for giving babies a strong start to life.

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Susan Bankhead, RN, DNP, CCRN-K, CNML, West Michigan Administrative Director, clinical services, Women and Children, Mercy Health told WZZM,

"This recognition, which we have received for the second year in a row, showcases our continuous efforts to provide excellent, quality care for both mother and baby. We are proud of our maternity care team for their hard work and ongoing commitment to our patients."

Newsweek is doing a series of articles, Best Health Care, powered by data from The Leapfrog Group. To virtually tour the award-winning ward, click here.

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For Mercy Health Saint Mary's to make this list, they had to meet guidelines like

  • achieving lower rates of C-Sections (NTSV),
  • early elective delivery
  • episiotomy
  • assuring bilirubin screening for all newborns and
  • blood clot prevention techniques for mothers delivering via C-section
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The hospital has been recognized in other areas too.

Mercy Health Saint Mary's Campus in Grand Rapids, MI is rated high performing in 7 adult procedures and conditions by US News & World Report including, Stroke, Heart Failure, Diabetes, Knee Replacement, Hip Fractures, Back Surgery, & Kidney Transplant.

The hospital is also on the list for the Watson Top 100 Hospitals 2021 annual list. This is a recognition for teaching hospitals.

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