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Best Maternity Hospital: UC Medical Center Nationally Recognized by U.S. News

Dec. 5, 2023

Cincinnati, OH – University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Greater Cincinnati’s only Level IV maternity hospital and only adult Level I trauma center, has received several of the highest ratings a hospital can earn for exemplary maternity care from two global authorities in hospital rankings and consumer advice.

UC Medical Center has been named a 2023-24 ‘Best Hospital for Maternity Care’ and ‘High Performing’ designation by U.S. News & World Report. UC Medical Center is also among just three hospitals in Cincinnati to be named a 2023 ‘Birthing-Friendly’ hospital by the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

In May 2023, UC Medical Center was also ranked as one of America’s Best Maternity Hospitals by Newsweek and Statista Inc.

“Our team of experts is passionate about providing parents and their babies with the highest quality maternity care—and we are honored to receive these prestigious recognitions for our excellence in maternal and newborn health,” said Teri Grau, MHA, BSN, RN, Vice President of Operations & Chief Nursing Officer at UC Medical Center.

The rankings are designed to help expectant parents and their doctors identify hospitals and health systems committed to providing high-quality maternity care.

To receive a ‘Birthing-Friendly’ designation from CMS, a hospital must provide high-quality maternity care, implement evidence-based quality interventions in hospital settings to improve maternal health and participate in a national perinatal quality improvement collaborative program. This important rating denotes a hospital's commitment to maternity care quality, safety and equity.

UC Medical Center is the first and only Level IV maternity hospital in Greater Cincinnati, and one of only seven Level IV maternity hospitals in Ohio. A Level IV maternity hospital is a regional perinatal healthcare center able to treat the most complex medical conditions during pregnancy, labor and postpartum.

The hospital was the first in the state of Ohio and one of 34 hospitals nationwide to be certified by The Joint Commission for Perinatal Care. This designation means that UC Medical Center works to reduce infant mortality rates, maternal complications, unnecessary induction of labor and prematurity rates—which can lead to infant mortality.

UC Medical Center is also home to the region’s first and only Obstetrical Emergency Care Center, which provides emergency care to expectant mothers and babies after 16 weeks of gestation and up to two weeks post-delivery.

“We are immensely proud to be nationally recognized for providing outstanding maternal care,” said Michael A. Thomas, MD, chairman of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the UC College of Medicine and a UC Health physician. “Our clinicians are dedicated to providing expectant parents with the best possible care in a safe and caring environment.”

U.S. News & World Report evaluated nearly 650 hospitals that provide high-quality labor and delivery services for uncomplicated pregnancies for its 2023-2024 Best Hospitals for Maternity Care. High Performing hospitals are limited only to those that exceed the national average on a range of objective quality measures, such as rates of unexpected complications, C-sections, and exclusive breast milk feeding. 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 & World Report. “A hospital that has earned a High Performing designation is exceeds the national average on a range of objective quality measures, such as rates of unexpected complications, C-sections, and exclusive breast milk feeding.”

For more information, visit Best Hospitals for Maternity Care and Birthing-Friendly Hospitals.