The Family Birthplace of West Suburban Medical Center was recognized by Newsweek as one of America’s Top Maternity Hospitals in 2022 – an accolade it was also awarded in 2021. West Suburban is one of only 350 hospitals to receive this recognition this year.
“We are proud and honored to once again earn this outstanding national honor for our Family Birthplace center in West Suburban,” West Suburban CEO Barbara Martin said in a press release.
“We have built an outstanding reputation as one of the most innovative labor and delivery centers in the metropolitan area to ensure expectant mothers have the safest and most satisfying childbirth experience possible,” she wrote.
Working with data company Statista, Newsweek assessed maternity hospitals across the country based on three different data sources: a national online survey where hospital managers and maternity care providers were asked to recommend maternity wards; data on key medical performance indicators related to maternity care, such as the rate of cesarean births in a hospital; and patient satisfaction data.
This year, Newsweek ranked each of the 350 hospitals by performance, awarding five and four ribbons to each facility on the list. Of the 350 maternity hospitals listed, 161 received a performance category of five ribbons and 189 received four ribbons. West Suburban received a four-ribbon designation in 2022. No such ribbon performance category system existed in 2021.
West Suburban Medical Center has been in the news fairly recently, due to its impending sale to Resilience Healthcare as part of a package that includes the West Suburban’s River Forest campus, Weiss Hospital Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and the building of the Weiss medical office.
The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board approved the sale of the two hospitals, currently owned by Pipeline Health System, on June 7. State board approval is a critical step in the ownership change process, but not the final step, according to Pipeline. spokesperson Jane Brust.
“It’s not a done deal; it’s an ongoing process,” Brust told the Wednesday Journal earlier this month. “The approval of the state review board this week was a huge step forward and we are grateful that board members recognize the importance of these hospitals to their communities.”
West Suburban’s Family Birthplace Maternity has 12 private delivery rooms for labour, delivery and recovery with 20 private rooms for postpartum recovery, as well as an extensive midwifery program. The hospital partners with Lurie Children’s Hospital to directly connect premature and critically ill babies to the most advanced care. According to the press release, Lurie’s neonatologists are part of the Level II Nursery staff at West Suburban Medical Center.