MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center is one of only 39 hospitals nationwide and the only one in Orange County designated by the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology as a Center of Excellence. The award recognizes hospitals that demonstrate excellent obstetric anesthesia services through high quality patient care.
In selecting Center of Excellence recipients, a comprehensive assessment is performed of best practices in clinical care, leadership, personnel, staffing, equipment, management of labor and Cesarean deliveries, national guideline compliance, safety protocols, ongoing education, evidence-based care and continuous quality improvement.
"The ability to meet stringent qualifications as a Center of Excellence designated by leaders in obstetrical anesthesia sets the Women's Hospital at Saddleback Medical Center apart in the care provided to expectant mothers and their families," says Marcia Manker, CEO, MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center.
"Many of the over 70 criteria required for award designation focus on the multi-disciplinary team-based approach to patient care that has been the hallmark of our exceptional obstetrical team that offers extraordinary care and the highest level of quality, safety and comfort," says Stephen Garber, M.D., Saddleback Medical Center obstetric anesthesiologist who led the hospital's assessment efforts. "While the Center of Excellence award focuses on obstetric anesthesia, it reflects the total efforts of our entire Women's Hospital team of obstetricians as well as perinatologists specializing in high-risk pregnancies, neonatologists specializing in caring for premature infants and our remarkable nurses, social workers, pharmacists, support staff and so many others."
The Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology includes anesthesiologists, obstetricians, pediatricians and scientists with a mission to improve pregnancy-related outcomes of women and neonates through support of research, clinical anesthesia excellence and education to members, other providers, and pregnant women.