July 21, 2020
Caldwell, ID — West Valley Medical Center was named to Newsweek’s 2020 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals. The distinction recognizes facilities that have excelled in providing care to mothers, newborns and their families, as verified by the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey.
"We are thrilled to learn about this distinction. Our care team is committed to caring for our patients like family. Even in the midst of a pandemic, our team's care has remained steadfast - ensuring our patients feel safe and secure at all times," said Tracee Hendershott, West Valley Medical Center Chief Nursing Officer.
"In the midst of COVID-19, we've adapted our care to be supportive of families experiencing new situations due to the pandemic, including providing our personalized maternity education online. It further illustrates our team's dedication to patients, with focused attention and compassionate care," said Robin Callahan, West Valley Medical Center Director of Women's Services.
“Best Maternity Care Hospitals showcases an elite group of hospitals from across the country ” said Nancy Cooper, Global Editor in Chief of Newsweek. “These facilities stand out 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.”
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. 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.
West Valley Medical Center was one of 250 to receive the prestigious accolade. The full list of recipients will appear in the July 24 edition of Newsweek, available online and at newsstands nationwide. Best Maternity Care Hospitals is part of Newsweek’s Best Health Care series, powered by data from The Leapfrog Group.
This past spring The Leapfrog Group recognized West Valley Medical Center with a 12th consecutive “A” grade in the group's biannual Hospital Safety Grades.