Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital Recognized With 2022 Maternity Care Excellence Award
FREMONT, Mich., September 21, 2022 – For the fourth consecutive year, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital has been recognized with a Maternity Care Excellence Award from the Economic Alliance for Michigan (EAM).
EAM, a nonprofit group comprised of Michigan’s largest employers and unions, announced the annual EAM Hospital Maternity Care Awards September 15, recognizing hospitals throughout Michigan that have demonstrated excellence and improvement in maternity care and delivery outcomes.
“This is wonderful recognition for Gerber Memorial and a true testament to the continuing high level of maternity care provided by our physicians and nurses,” said Drew Dostal, president of Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial.
Only thirteen hospitals in Michigan earned an excellence award for 2022. This marks the fifth year for the awards.
The awards are part of EAM’s Maternity Care Project. Created in 2018, the project goals are to decrease the state’s infant mortality rate, reduce the rate of unnecessary C-sections, and be an educational resource for new and expecting parents residing in Michigan.
For the award, hospitals were evaluated in four areas: cesarean rates (less than 23.6% of low-risk deliveries), episiotomy rates (less than 5% of deliveries), elective early delivery rates (less than 5% of deliveries), and maternity care processes (90% or greater). The data is from the 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey performed by The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C. based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers.