SoutheastHEALTH has been named to Newsweek's 2021 list of Best Maternity Hospitals. The distinction recognizes facilities that have provided exceptional care to mothers, newborns and their families, as verified by the 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Best Maternity Care Hospitals is part of Newsweek's Best Health Care series, powered by data from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national organization committed to healthcare quality and safety. Best Maternity Care Hospitals were first designated in 2020.
"I'm incredibly proud of the entire obstetrics team for their dedication and commitment to excellence. To be the only one in southeast Missouri and one of only three in the state of Missouri, speaks to the high quality care we deliver every day to the communities we serve. This honor highlights our commitment to providing a safe, personalized birthing experience with the highest standards of care. Expectant mothers can be confident about the extraordinary care they receive from our highly experienced obstetrics staff. Of the over 4500 hospitals across the nation, SoutheastHEALTH was one of fewer than 225 to receive this prestigious accolade," said Ken Bateman, President and CEO of SoutheastHEALTH.
Since its opening in 1928, Southeast Hospital has offered uninterrupted obstetrics services, welcoming tens of thousands of babies into the world.
"Best Maternity Care Hospitals showcases an elite group of hospitals nationwide" said Nancy Cooper, Global Editor in Chief of Newsweek. "These facilities should be commended for the care they provide to women and families, and for giving babies a strong start to life. As families continue to cope with the effects on the pandemic, this information can support Newsweek's readership in planning for one of life's most precious moments."
Hospitals named as a Best Maternity Care Hospital have fully met The Leapfrog Group's rigorous standards for maternity care excellence. This includes achieving lower rates of C-Sections (NTSV), early elective delivery, and episiotomy, as well as assuring bilirubin screening for all newborns and blood clot prevention techniques for mothers delivering via C-section.