Sixteen Michigan Hospitals Awarded for Excellence and Improvement in Maternity Care

Only 38 percent of birthing centers in Michigan meet standard for unnecessary C-sections

The Economic Alliance for Michigan (EAM), a nonprofit group comprised of Michigan’s largest employers and unions, announced the annual EAM Hospital Maternity Care Awards, recognizing hospitals throughout Michigan that have demonstrated excellence and improvement in maternity care and delivery outcomes. Sixteen hospitals have earned an award for 2022. This marks the fifth year for the awards.

The awards are part of EAM’s Maternity Care Project. Created in 2018, the project goals are to decrease the state’s infant mortality rate, reduce the rate of unnecessary C-sections, and be an educational resource for new and expecting parents residing in Michigan.

Only 38 percent of the birthing centers measured in Michigan performed within the Leapfrog Group standard for unnecessary C-sections, ≤ 23.6% of low-risk deliveries. Findings are based on the 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey.

“Unnecessary cesarean sections are dangerous and costly to not only patients, but employers who provide health care benefits,” stated Bret Jackson, EAM President. “We have hospitals preforming unnecessary C-sections as high as 43.5 percent to as low as 7.9 percent. More must be done to ensure the safety of mothers and babies in the state.”

For the award, hospitals were evaluated in four areas: cesarean rates (≤ 23.6% of low-risk deliveries), episiotomy rates (≤ 5% of deliveries), elective early delivery rates (≤ 5% of deliveries), and maternity care processes (90% or greater). The data is from the 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey performed by The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C. based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers.

To be awarded the Excellence Award, hospitals need to fully meet the standard in all four areas in the same calendar year. Recipients of the 2022 Maternity Care Excellence Award are:

  • Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo
  • Ascension St. Joseph Hospital in Tawas City
  • McLaren Bay Region Hospital in Bay City
  • Munson Healthcare Otsego Memorial in Gaylord
  • Munson Medical Center in Traverse City
  • MyMichigan Medical Center Sault in St. Sault Marie
  • Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial in Fremont
  • Spectrum Health Lakeland in Niles
  • Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph
  • Spectrum Health Pennock in Hastings
  • Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville
  • Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital in Zeeland
  • Trinity Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids

For the Improvement Award, hospitals must have demonstrated rate decreases in cesarean rates, episiotomy, and elective early delivery over a two-year period, and must now fully meet the standard for unnecessary cesarean delivery rates. The recipient of the 2022 Maternity Care Improvement Award is:

  • ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital in Monroe
  • Trinity Health Oakland Hospital in Pontiac
  • Trinity Health Livonia Hospital in Livonia

The Maternity Care Project also provides details for birthing centers in Michigan, providing parents-to-be invaluable information in making a choice for hospital maternity care. To compare birthing centers and learn more about the project go to www.maternitycareproject.com.

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