Overlake Medical Center & Clinics Named to U.S. News & World Report 2024 Best Hospitals for Maternity Care
December 05, 2023
U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings and consumer advice, named Overlake Medical Center as “high performing” in the maternity care (uncomplicated pregnancy) category—the highest award a hospital can earn for U.S. News’ Best Hospitals for Maternity Care.
U.S. News & World Report evaluates healthcare facilities annually in the maternity care category to assist expectant parents, in consultation with their prenatal care team, in making informed decisions about where to receive maternity care that best meets their family’s needs.
For the third consecutive year, Overlake earned a “high performing” designation in recognition of maternity care as measured by factors such as newborn complication rates.
“We are honored to receive this recognition, which demonstrates the dedication, determination and drive of the entire Overlake Childbirth Center team to continually provide safe, compassionate care to all expectant parents who walk through our doors,” says Sandy Salmon, Overlake director of women’s and infant services. “Through advanced technology and one of the most experienced and respected care teams in the region, we have helped thousands of families flourish.”
U.S. News evaluated hospitals from across the nation that provide labor and delivery services and submitted detailed data to the publication for analysis; 680 hospitals, an all-time high, participated in this year’s U.S. News survey. Fewer than half – 46% – of all hospitals that offer maternity care and participated in the survey received a “high performing” designation.
“Hospitals that receive this designation as part of Best Hospitals for Maternity Care meet a high standard in caring for parents with uncomplicated pregnancies,” says Jennifer Winston, health data scientist at U.S. News. “These hospitals have C-section rates that are 26% lower, and newborn complication rates that are 37% lower than unrecognized hospitals. Parents-to-be can research their local hospitals’ performance metrics for free at health.usnews.com to help them choose where to have their baby.”
The U.S. News Best Hospitals for Maternity Care methodology is based entirely on objective measures of quality, such as C-section rates in lower-risk pregnancies, newborn complication rates, exclusive breast milk feeding rates, early elective delivery rates, birthing-friendly practices and transparency on racial/ethnic disparities, among other measures.