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SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital Recognized as a Best Maternity Hospital

by Maggie Rotermund on 07/31/2020
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Newsweek has named SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital a Best Maternity Hospital on its newly-released Best of 2020 rankings list.

Obstetricians and gynecologists from Saint Louis University’s academic medical practice, SLUCare, provide physician oversight of the unit and deliver the majority of the patients. SLUCare doctors are at the forefront of caring for women with both normal and complicated (high risk) pregnancies.

St. Mary’s is the only hospital in the St. Louis area to achieve this recognition.

The ranking is based on standards for excellence in maternity care, including achieving low rates of C-section, episiotomy and early elective deliveries, and following crucial protocols to protect mothers and babies. Though these are standards aligned with medical research and best practices, not all hospitals achieve them.

“This is the epitome of collaboration between an academic medical institution and community hospital to deliver the highest quality care,” said Mary McLennan, M.D., chair of obstetrics, gynecology and women’s health. “The recognition is very much deserved and I want to thank our SLUCare doctors and SSM Health nurses who work tirelessly each day to ensure quality patient care.”

About the Newsweek Ranking

To help readers make informed decisions about maternity care, Newsweek partnered with The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization that reports on the safety and quality performance of U.S. health care facilities. The list of the Best Maternity Hospitals 2020 presents 231 entries in 36 states, categorized by region.

SLUCare Physician Group

The SLUCare Physician Group is the academic medical practice of Saint Louis University, with more than 500 health care providers and 1,200 staff members in hospitals and medical offices throughout the St. Louis region. SLUCare physicians are among the most highly trained in their fields - more than 50 specialties in all - and are national and international experts, renowned for research and innovations in medicine.

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital - St. Louis is a two-time winner of the Premier Award for Quality. Centrally located in metro St. Louis, it provides exceptional care to patients and is a Level II Time Critical Diagnosis STEMI Center. St. Mary’s specializes in high-risk pregnancy care and fetal surgery.

St. Mary’s serves as the primary location for Saint Louis University School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and its Family Medicine residency programs.