Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City has again earned a spot on the list of best hospitals in the country to deliver a baby.
Mercy Oklahoma City is one of only 350 hospitals on the list of America’s Best Maternity Hospitals determined by Newsweek and data firm Statista. The designation places Mercy among the highest echelon of more than 2,700 hospitals across the country offering maternity services.
The survey includes two performance categories: five-ribbon hospitals and four-ribbon hospitals. Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City is the only hospital in the state of Oklahoma to receive the highest award, a five-ribbon designation.
“This recognition as a best maternity hospital reflects our team’s dedication to patient safety and creating the best experience for our patients and their families,” said Dr. Chad Smith, Mercy OB-GYN and chief medical officer. “The kind of care they provide is known in our community and people want to have their baby at Mercy, creating exponential growth at Mercy Birthplace.” (story continues below)
The hospital’s labor and delivery and postpartum services have been at capacity for years. Construction on the Love Family Women’s Center on the campus of Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City kicked off in summer 2022. The 175,000-square-foot, four-story facility, expected to open in fall 2023, will serve women and children. When construction is complete, the facility will have a total of 73 patient rooms, increasing Mercy’s award-winning labor and delivery capacity by 40%.
Newsweek’s ratings are based on three factors: a national survey of hospital managers and maternity care specialists, a review of key hospital performance data related to maternity care, including newborn screening and a hospital’s rate of cesarean births, and review of patient satisfaction data related to the communication and responsiveness of staff.
Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Missouri was the only other hospital in Mercy’s four-state region to be named a five-ribbon hospital on the Newsweek list. Mercy Hospital St. Louis, Mercy Hospital Springfield and Mercy Hospital Ada were recognized on the four-ribbon list. The complete America’s Best Maternity Hospitals 2022 List can be found at https://www.newsweek.com/rankings/americas-best-maternity-hospitals-2022.