Four RWJBarnabas Health Facilities Named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-23 Best Hospitals for Maternity Care

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings and consumer advice, has recognized four RWJBarnabas Health facilities among the 2022-2023 Best Hospitals for Maternity Care, which identifies hospitals that provide high-quality maternity care for uncomplicated pregnancies. Clara Maass Medical Center, Community Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset were among those designated as High Performing in maternity care.
The annual evaluation is designed to assist expectant parents and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive maternity care. The Best Hospitals for Maternity Care evaluation looks at hospital data relating to only uncomplicated pregnancies – not high-risk pregnancies – and at five different factors: scheduled early deliveries, C-section rates in low-risk women, newborn complications, rate of exclusive breast milk feeding and option for vaginal births after cesarean.
“The distinctions from U.S. News & World Report are reflective of our commitment to excellence in maternity care,” said Suzanne Spernal DNP, APN-BC, RNC-OB, C-ONQS, Vice President of Women’s Services, RWJBarnabas Health. “We are continually striving to provide comprehensive, equitable care for expectant mothers and families across the system and this national recognition is a testament to our ongoing efforts to further that mission.”
U.S. News evaluated nearly 650 hospitals for its 2022-2023 Best Hospitals for Maternity Care and fewer than half of all hospitals that 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.”
Further illustrating RWJBarnabas Health’s ongoing commitment to women’s health and maternity care, three RWJBarnabas Health facilities were recently among just 259 U.S. hospitals to receive the Best Hospitals for Maternity Care from Money and The Leapfrog Group. The recognitions also come on the heels of the system’s recent distinctions in Healthgrades’ OB/GYN Excellence Awards. RWJBarnabas Health received 26 awards, the highest number of any system in the state, for excellence in comprehensive women’s care.
Additionally, two RWJBarnabas Health facilities were recently among the first in New Jersey selected to participate in the launch of the TeamBirth NJ initiative, an evidence based, national model for better provider and patient communication, which is designed to enhance birthing experiences and improve outcomes for people giving birth and their babies.
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  1. Yet RWJ Barnabas health has not invested in a proper maternity ward and Nicu for RWJ Barnabas health, Monmouth Medical Center, Southern campus (a.k.a. Kimball medical center.).

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