Catawba Valley Medical Center was recently named as a 2022 Best Maternity
Hospital by The Leapfrog Group in partnership with Money Magazine. Money
and The Leapfrog Group selected 259 hospitals out of more than 2,200 hospitals
around the country to receive the Best Hospitals for Maternity Care recognition.
“To receive this recognition truly shows CVMC’s dedication
toward providing the best care possible for all patients,” said
Chief Nursing Officer, Michelle Lusk. “We’re honored to be
selected for this accolade out of thousands of hospitals.”
The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit organization that aims to help consumers
make informed decisions about their health and access safe, high-value
care. The purpose of Leapfrog’s partnership with Money Magazine
and the Best Hospitals ranking is to help expecting families make educated
decisions about which institutions are best for their money.
The 259 hospitals that made the cut are a combination of hospitals that
provide care for uncomplicated pregnancies, as well as hospitals that
provide care for high-risk deliveries, such as offering neonatal intensive
care units, etc.
To qualify for the list, eligible hospitals were required to carry an A
or B letter grade on the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assessment for
spring 2022. CVMC achieved an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Rating from
Leapfrog for this time period.
Hospitals were also required to meet criteria specific to providing maternity
care. The criteria included having 5% or less early elective deliveries,
a cesarean birth rate of 23.6% or less, an episiotomy rate of 5% or less,
90% or more compliance with providing DVT prophylaxis to women who received
a c-section, 90% or more compliance with screening for bilirubin among
all infants, and providing proper care to infants with low birth weight.
“We are proud to achieve such an honor. Our staff of providers, nurses,
and ancillary staff work diligently to provide the patients with the safest
care possible,” said Jackie Miller, CVMC’s Administrator of
Women and Children’s Services. “American College of Obstetricians
and Gynecologists guidelines are followed to ensure we are practicing
based on research and evidence. We consistently exceed quality benchmarks,
which is why we are being recognized for this prestigious accolade.”
To learn more about the exceptional care provided to all women and children
at CVMC, visit us online at CatawbaValleyHealth.org/Women-Children.