Washington, D.C. – December 7, 2021 – Tufts Medical Center has been recognized as High Performing in Maternity Care (Uncomplicated Pregnancy) by U.S. News & World Report, in its 2021 Best Hospitals for Maternity rating. This is the first time U.S. News has published a list of Best Hospitals for Maternity and “High Performing” is the highest rating U.S. News awards for this type of care.
“Our wonderful team of physicians, nurses and staff in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Labor and Delivery are highly skilled, compassionate and dedicated to supporting women from pregnancy through birth,” said Rachel Wasserstrom, Vice President of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Psychiatry & Ambulatory Specialties at Tufts Medical Center. “Receiving this recognition as a High Performing Hospital in Maternity Care really validates all the hard work and passion that our team exhibits every day in caring for their patients.”
To be recognized among the Best Hospitals for Maternity, hospitals had to excel on multiple quality metrics that matter to expectant families, including complication rates, C-sections, whether births were scheduled too early in pregnancy, and how successfully each hospital supported breastfeeding. Only one-third of the hospitals evaluated by U.S. News for maternity care earned a ‘High Performing’ rating.
“We care for our patients during one of the most special, amazing times in their lives, but also a period in which there are often questions and anxieties,” said Erika Werner, MD, MS, Physician-in-Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tufts Medical Center. “It is our privilege to be a part of that journey and ensure that patients who give birth at Tufts Medical Center receive both outstanding care and have an experience that is safe, comfortable and memorable.”
Unique to the U.S. News site, participating hospital profiles are a one stop shop and include a variety of relevant offerings for parents-to-be including key measures of safety, alongside services and amenities, like private rooms, valet parking and availability of child birthing classes.
“All families deserve to be informed on how hospitals perform on key indicators of quality, which is why U.S. News has compiled and published a trove of maternal health data from hospitals across the country,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News & World Report. “The hospitals we’ve recognized as High Performing meet a high standard in caring for patients with uncomplicated pregnancies.”
The evaluation looks at hospital data relating to only uncomplicated pregnancies, not high-risk pregnancies. Participating hospitals responded to a survey from the U.S. News health analysis team in spring of 2021 which reflects data from 2019. Participation was voluntary. It is anticipated that Best Hospitals for Maternity will be updated next in summer of 2022, to coincide with the release of the 2022-23 Best Hospitals for Procedures & Conditions ratings.
About Tufts Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center
Tufts Medical Center is an exceptional, not-for-profit, 415-bed academic medical center that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Tufts Medical Center. Conveniently located in downtown Boston, the Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. The Medical Center features a level one trauma center with rooftop helipad, the largest heart transplant center in New England and a renowned research program, ranking among the top 10 percent of independent hospitals to receive federal research funding. Tufts Medical Center is a founding member of Wellforce. For more information, visit www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org.
About U.S. News & World Report
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