Newsweek names Sanford to best maternity hospitals list

Sanford USD Medical Center is only hospital in South Dakota named in 2024 ranking

Newsweek names Sanford to best maternity hospitals list

Sanford USD Medical Center has been awarded on Newsweek’s list of America’s Best Maternity Hospitals 2024. Sanford is the only hospital in South Dakota to be named to the list.

“We have an exceptional team of caregivers who guide mothers during pregnancy and childbirth,” said Melanie Rusche, vice president of operations for women’s and children’s services at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls. “Bringing life into the world is such a precious gift and we’re grateful for the women and couples we get to care for in what is likely one of the most exciting moments in their life.”

The ranking is based on three pillars:

  1. Nationwide Online Survey: Healthcare professionals and hospital managers with knowledge about maternity processes e.g., neonatal and perinatal doctors, nurses, and midwives were asked to recommend leading maternity hospitals in the U.S.
  2. Patient Experience Survey: Survey of the overall patient experience in the hospital.
  3. Hospital Quality Metrics: Indicators relevant to maternity care were considered.

High-quality maternity care, provided from pregnancy through birth and postpartum is key to the long-term health of newborns and women who give birth. Given that maternity care is a major component of health care, Newsweek and Statista, the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider have partnered for the third time to identify America’s Best Maternity Hospitals in 2024.

Sanford USD Medical Center delivered 3,229 babies in 2023 and also offers several parenting preparation, childbirth and pregnancy classes.

Maternity care recognized regionally

Sanford USD Medical Center also joins other Sanford hospitals in earning honors from Blue Cross Blue Shield for maternity care.

Sanford USD Medical Center and Sanford Medical Center Fargo have been recognized as Blue Distinction Centers+ for maternity care by Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Sanford Bismarck Medical Center has been recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for maternity care by Blue Cross Blue Shield.

According to Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Distinction Centers and Blue Distinction Centers+ for maternity care demonstrate expertise and a commitment to quality care for vaginal and cesarean section deliveries. These centers demonstrate better overall patient satisfaction and a lower percentage of early elective deliveries.

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