December 15, 2021
Kansas City, Kan. — The University of Kansas Hospital received the highest ranking possible for maternity care for uncomplicated pregnancy, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Providing this top-ranked care for patients takes a committed team composed of board-certified physicians, advanced practice providers, certified nurse midwives, nurses and support staff – working together to provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based care at one of the nation’s best hospitals. The hospital’s dedicated care teams practice within the labor and delivery and mother-baby care areas.
This is the first time U.S. News & World Report has ranked adult maternity care for uncomplicated pregnancy. The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City was recognized as “high performing,” the highest ranking possible for this award. Only 237 hospitals nationally were identified as “high performing” in this category (out of 2,700 hospitals nationwide that offer maternity services). The main campus hospital is 1 of 3 hospitals in the metro to be named high performing. Hospitals that performed well had fewer newborn complications, fewer early deliveries and fewer C-sections compared to other hospitals across the nation.
“Our teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based quality care while keeping the patient at the center of our focus,” says Carrie Wieneke, MD, chair – obstetrics and gynecology. “This award is truly a team-based recognition for the care we provide to our patients.”
Scores for this award were based on an organization’s performance in key metrics, such as rate of avoidable C-sections among low-risk pregnancies, unexpected newborn complications, early elective delivery rate, exclusive breastmilk feeding rate and whether VBAC (vaginal delivery after previous C-section) is routinely offered.
After delivery, mother and baby benefit from comprehensive care.
“Pediatrics has a dedicated team to focus exclusively on the newborn in the nursery,” nursery medical director Whitney Pressler, MD, says. “Our board-certified pediatricians and family physicians see every see every newborn at the hospital, and our policies and procedures are continually updated to reflect the best evidence-based practices.”
The University of Kansas Hospital’s dedicated team of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants is available 7 days a week. All maternity nurses have also received no less than 20 hours of breastfeeding education. All affiliated providers have received a minimum of 3 hours of breastfeeding education. The physicians and nurse practitioners have gone above this threshold and have all completed more than 20 hours of continuing education in breastfeeding.
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