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Two Geisinger campuses nationally named Best Maternity Care hospitals

Geisinger Medical Center in Danville and Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital were recently named to Newsweek’s 2020 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals, according to a press release.

The distinction recognizes facilities that have excelled in providing care to mothers, newborns and their families, as verified by the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Best Maternity Care Hospitals is part of Newsweek, powered by data from The Leapfrog Group.

“This is an honor to the labor and delivery team at both Geisinger Medical Center and Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital and is a testimony of the team’s hard work and dedication in providing the best care to our patients,” Sandra Culbertson, M.D., chair of Geisinger Women & Children’s Institute, said in the release. “At Geisinger, making better health easier by bringing world-class care to our communities is central to everything we do. We’re thankful for this recognition and I’m confident that this will motivate the team further to continue its excellent service to our community.”

“Best Maternity Care Hospitals are an elite group of hospitals from across the country,” said Nancy Cooper, editor in chief of Newsweek. “These facilities are to be commended for the care they provide to women and families, and for giving babies a strong start to life. Particularly in these uncertain times, we are honored to share this list of top-ranked facilities with Newsweek’s readership.”

Geisinger unites a comprehensive women’s health program with a full-service pediatric care program in the communities it serves, the press release said. The team includes highly trained OBGYNs, certified nurse midwives, maternal-fetal doctors, dietitians, breastfeeding specialists and other support staff who care for women through their pregnancy, labor and delivery and provide pediatric care for their children.

“At Geisinger, we prioritize personal touch and the labor process is made as comfortable as possible for mothers,” said Culbertson.

Hospitals named as a Best Maternity Care Hospital have fully met The Leapfrog Group’s standards for maternity care on evidence-based, nationally standardized metrics. The strict criteria has been established by Leapfrog’s national expert panel.

This includes lower rates of early elective delivery, NTSV 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.

Geisinger Medical Center and Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital was one of fewer than 250 to receive the prestigious accolade nationwide. In Pennsylvania, Geisinger Medical Center and Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital are one of nine hospitals to receive this recognition. The full list of recipients will appear in the July 24 edition of Newsweek, available online and at newsstands nationwide.

For more information on Geisinger’s pregnancy care, visit geisinger.org/pregnancyhub

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