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U.S. News & World Report Names UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital a High Performing Hospital for the Best Hospitals for Maternity

The MedQuarter | December 7th, 2021

UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital has been recognized as High Performing in Adult Maternity Care (Uncomplicated Pregnancy) by U.S. News & World Report. This is the first time U.S. News has published a list of Best Hospitals for Maternity.

To be recognized among the Best Hospitals for Maternity, hospitals had to excel on multiple quality metrics that matter to expectant families, including complication rates, C-sections, whether births were scheduled too early in pregnancy, and how successfully each hospital supported breastfeeding. Only one-third of the hospitals evaluated by U.S. News for maternity care earned a ‘High Performing’ rating.

“All families deserve to be informed on how hospitals perform on key indicators of quality, which is why U.S. News has compiled and published a trove of maternal health data from hospitals across the country,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News & World Report. “The hospitals we’ve recognized as High Performing meet a high standard in caring for patients with uncomplicated pregnancies.”

St. Luke’s earned a “High Performing” rating in Best Hospitals for Maternity. “High Performing” is the highest rating U.S. News awards for that type of care. St. Luke’s is one of only two Iowa hospitals on this list and the only Cedar Rapids hospital to earn this recognition.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition,” said Diane Seelau, UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital Women’s & Children’s Services director. “We’ve always known our team provided exceptional care and this just further demonstrates St. Luke’s provides the highest level of care for moms and babies. We are proud of our team and grateful for the honor.”

Unique to the U.S. News site, participating hospital profiles are a one stop shop and include a variety of relevant offerings for parents-to-be including key measures of safety, alongside services and amenities, like private rooms, valet parking and availability of child birthing classes.

The evaluation looks at hospital data relating to only uncomplicated pregnancies, not high-risk pregnancies. Participating hospitals responded to a survey from the U.S. News health analysis team in spring of 2021, which reflects data from 2019. Participation was voluntary. U.S. News & World Report anticipates updating Best Hospitals for Maternity in summer of 2022, to coincide with the release of the 2022-23 Best Hospitals for Procedures & Conditions ratings.

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