‘High Performing’ is the highest rating U.S. News & World Report awards for Maternity care

High Performing hospital 2024 US News Maternity badgeMemorialCare’s Orange Coast Medical Center and Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach have been recognized as High Performing in Maternity Care by U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings and consumer advice. This is the highest award a hospital can earn for U.S. News’ Best Hospitals for Maternity Care.

U.S. News & World Report evaluated hospitals from across the nation that provide high-quality 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.

“Being listed among the top maternity hospitals by U.S. News & World Report is an absolute honor,” says Shela Kaneshiro, chief clinical transformation officer, MemorialCare. “MemorialCare is focused on being one of the safest places to have a baby regardless of race or socioeconomic status and we take great care in our research and outcomes to improve the health for all women and their babies."

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.

“Hospitals that receive a High Performing designation as part of Best Hospitals for Maternity Care meet a high standard in caring for parents with uncomplicated pregnancies,” said 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.”

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