WVU Medicine Children’s and United Hospital Center named to Newsweek’s “America’s Best Maternity Hospitals”

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital in Morgantown and WVU Medicine United Hospital Center in Bridgeport have been named to Newsweek’s 2023 list of “America’s Best Maternity Hospitals.”  United Hospital Center and WVU Medicine Children's

“We are extremely proud of our physicians, advanced practice providers, and care team members for their dedication to our patients and our communities,” Michael A. Grace, Ed.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.H.E., president of WVU Hospitals, said. “This honor reflects the hard work, dedication, and compassion of all our comprehensive teams to provide the best care available. We will continue our commitment to exceeding our patients’ expectations for an extraordinary experience.”

The selection criteria for the recognition are based on three data sources: a nationwide online survey in which hospital managers and maternity healthcare professionals, such as neonatal care providers and OB-GYNs, were asked to recommend leading maternity hospitals; medical key performance indicator data relevant to maternity care; and patient satisfaction data.

“WVU Medicine United Hospital Center is honored to receive its third national award of distinction this year by being recognized by Newsweek and Statista, as one of America’s Best Maternity Hospitals 2023,” David F. Hess, M.D., president and CEO of UHC, said. “We are proud of the WVU Medicine Obstetrics program we have built, as this further validates our commitment to providing care that rivals what is available nationally, while remaining dedicated to delivering better outcomes and patient satisfaction.”

WVU Medicine is home to one of the most expansive OB-GYN teams in the region, comprised of board-certified specialists in every aspect of a woman’s health. These experts provide obstetric and gynecological care at locations throughout the region. In addition, WVU Medicine Children’s is home to the largest Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program in the area, providing care to the highest-risk patients in the region.

“Our Birthing Center team works tirelessly and is dedicated to our mission of making the patient’s obstetrical experience the best it can be,” Amy L. Bush, B.S.N., M.B.A., R.N., C.N.O.R., chief administrative officer of WVU Medicine Children’s, said. “While many factors go into this evaluation process, our goal is simple: Healthy mom, healthy baby. This recognition is a testament to the fact that everyone on our maternity and newborn care team is committed to providing the best in truly comprehensive care for our youngest patients and their families.”

Hospitals named as one of “America’s Best Maternity Hospitals” have fully met Newsweek’s standards for maternity care on evidence-based, nationally standardized metrics. This includes lower rates of early elective delivery, C-section; and episiotomy, as well as compliance with process measures, including newborn bilirubin screening prior to discharge and blood clot prevention techniques for mothers delivering via C-section.

For more information on WVU Medicine Children’s, visit WVUKids.com. For more information on WVU Medicine United Hospital Center, visit UHCWV.org.