By Courtney Schmoll—
MUNCIE, IN − U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings and consumer advice, has named IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital as a 2022-2023 High Performing hospital for Maternity Care (Uncomplicated Pregnancy). This is the highest award a hospital can earn for U.S. News’ Best Hospitals for Maternity Care.
The annual evaluation is designed to assist expectant parents and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive maternity care.
IU Health Ball earned a High Performing designation in recognition of maternity care as measured by factors such as newborn complication rates.
“What a great honor to be recognized for our commitment to excellent maternity care,” said Pete Voss, MD, Chief Physician Executive, IU Health Ball. “Our patients, visitors, and community members can continue to be assured that we are here to provide a personalized, highly skilled approach to healthcare.”
U.S. News evaluated nearly 650 hospitals that provide high-quality labor & delivery services for uncomplicated pregnancies for its 2022-2023 Best Hospitals for Maternity Care. Fewer than half of all hospitals that offer maternity care and participated in the survey received a High Performing designation.
“When expectant parents are considering their options for welcoming a baby to the world, the Best Hospitals for Maternity Care are designed to help them identify hospitals that excel in delivering babies for uncomplicated pregnancies,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis and managing editor at U.S. News. “A hospital that has earned a High Performing designation may be a good option for parents, in consultation with their medical provider, to consider.”
The U.S. News Best Hospitals for Maternity Care methodology is based entirely on objective measures of quality, such as C-section rates in lower-risk pregnancies, newborn complication rates, exclusive breast milk feeding rates, early elective delivery rates and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) rates, among other measures.
“This recognition is a true reflection of the priority our team members place on the needs of expectant parents with each individual interaction,” said Beth McIntire, MSN, WHNP-BC, women’s and children’s service line leader, IU Health Ball. “Providing the very best care, listening to our families, and working as a team is—and will continue to be—at the center of everything we do.”
For more information, visit Best Hospitals for Maternity Care.