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Methodist Women’s Hospital Ranks Among Best U.S. Hospitals for Maternity Care

Published: Dec. 6, 2022

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings and consumer advice, has named only one hospital in Nebraska – Methodist Women’s Hospital – as a 2022-2023 High Performing hospital for Maternity Care. This is the highest award a hospital can earn for U.S. News’ Best Hospitals for Maternity Care.

The annual evaluation is designed to assist expectant parents and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive maternity care. Methodist Women’s Hospital earned a High Performing designation in recognition of maternity care as measured by factors such as newborn complication rates.

“It is no happy accident that our dedicated and innovative maternity care is being recognized among the best, most prestigious hospitals in the country,” said Josie Abboud, president and CEO of Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women’s Hospital. “Methodist Women’s Hospital, which is on track to surpass 5,000 births in 2022, has become a destination for growing families. We attribute this to our experienced team of care providers, including the largest group of maternal-fetal medicine specialists in the Midwest; our level III neonatal intensive care unit, which is the busiest in the area; our robust network of lactation support and resources; and our current $16.3 million expansion to improve care for all women.”

U.S. News evaluated nearly 650 hospitals that provide high-quality labor and delivery services for uncomplicated pregnancies for its 2022-2023 Best Hospitals for Maternity Care. Fewer than half of all hospitals that offer maternity care and participated in the survey received a High Performing designation.

“When expectant parents are considering their options for welcoming a baby to the world, the Best Hospitals for Maternity Care are designed to help them identify hospitals that excel in delivering babies for uncomplicated pregnancies,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis and managing editor at U.S. News. “A hospital that has earned a High Performing designation may be a good option for parents, in consultation with their medical provider, to consider.”

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 and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) rates, among other measures.