MedStar Georgetown University Hospital named one of the Best Maternity Care Hospitals in the U.S.

The only hospital in Washington, D.C. recognized for excellence in maternity care

July 27, 2020

WASHINGTON —MedStar Georgetown University Hospital has been nationally recognized as one of the Best Maternity Care Hospitals in the United States by Newsweek and The Leapfrog Group; an independent non-profit organization that monitors healthcare organizations in the U.S.  The list recognizes facilities that have excellence in providing care to mothers, newborns and their families as verified by the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey.

“We are honored to be recognized for our commitment to excellence in women’s health and maternity care,” Dr. Helain J. Landy, Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at MedStar Georgetown said. “It represents a strong testament to the outstanding contributions of everyone associated with the care of our patients and their babies, including physicians and nurses from Ob/Gyn, Pediatrics and Neonatology, Anesthesiology, as well as the outstanding administrative support which represents the foundation of our efforts,” she noted. “This designation also validates our dedicated efforts to apply evidence-based medicine and the philosophy of cura personalis (care of the whole person) for mothers and their infants.” 

The evidence-based, nationally standardized metrics met for this distinction include: 

  • Low early elective delivery dates (hospitals effort to limit births prior to 39 weeks of gestation without medical necessity)
  • Lower rates of cesarean sections for first time mothers
  • Low episiotomy rates
  • High rates of newborn screenings for jaundice prior to hospital discharge
  • High rates of prevention techniques to prevent blood clots of mothers delivering via C-Section

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital was among an elite group of hospitals from across the country that passed these standards of excellence to earn this recognition and is the only Hospital in the District of Columbia to earn this ranking. 

About MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute-care teaching and research hospital licensed for 609 beds located in Northwest Washington, D.C. Founded in the Jesuit principle of cura personalis, caring for the whole person, MedStar Georgetown is committed to offering a variety of innovative diagnostic and treatment options within a trusting and compassionate environment.  MedStar Georgetown’s centers of excellence include neurosciences, transplant, cancer and gastroenterology. Along with Magnet® nurses, internationally recognized physicians, advanced research and cutting-edge technologies, MedStar Georgetown’s healthcare professionals have a reputation for medical excellence and leadership.

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