DALLAS, Texas – Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine, both part of Baylor Scott & White Health, have been recognized as ‘High Performing’ in Maternity Care by U.S. News & World Report. This is the first time U.S. News has published a list of Best Hospitals for Maternity Care. The medical centers were the only two hospitals in Dallas-Fort Worth to receive this accolade, placing them in the top 10% of hospitals nationwide for pregnancy care.
To be recognized among the “Best Hospitals for Maternity,” hospitals had to excel on multiple quality metrics that matter to expectant families, including complication rates, C-sections, whether births were scheduled too early in pregnancy, and how successfully each hospital supported breastfeeding. Only one third of the hospitals evaluated by U.S. News for maternity care earned a ‘High Performing’ rating, which is the highest rating U.S. News awards for that type of care.
“All families deserve to be informed on how hospitals perform on key indicators of quality, which is why U.S. News has compiled and published a trove of maternal health data from hospitals across the country,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News & World Report. “The hospitals we’ve recognized as High Performing meet a high standard in caring for patients with uncomplicated pregnancies.”
Unique to the U.S. News site, participating hospital profiles are a one stop shop and include a variety of relevant offerings for parents-to-be including key measures of safety, alongside services and amenities such as private rooms, valet parking and availability of child birthing classes.
The evaluation looks at hospital data relating to only uncomplicated pregnancies, not high-risk pregnancies. Participating hospitals responded to a survey from the U.S. News health analysis team in spring of 2021 which reflects data from 2019. Participation was voluntary. US News anticipates updating Best Hospitals for Maternity in summer of 2022, to coincide with the release of the 2022-23 Best Hospitals for Procedures & Conditions ratings.
Delivering Monumental Moments for New Families in Dallas
"It is our great responsibility to care for mothers and babies, and this recognition is an example of how our multidisciplinary staff continues to work tirelessly for our patients," said Steven Newton, FACHE, president of Baylor University Medical Center. "Our labor and delivery teams are committed to providing some of the highest quality care for our pregnant patients and their families while continuing to innovate and develop new offerings and resources for these patients to create a birth experience to treasure for a lifetime.”
Baylor University Medical Center was the first hospital in Dallas-Fort Worth designated as a Level IV maternal care center, the highest possible designation by the Texas Department of State Health Services. It was ranked in the top 50 hospitals nationwide for Gynecology on U.S News and World Report’s ‘Best Hospitals’ list 2021-2022 and voted “Best Place to Have a Baby 2021” by readers of Dallas Child Magazine. Awarded the “Texas Ten Step Award” for a mother-friendly environment, the hospital is a member of the Texas Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health Initiative. Baylor University Medical Center also is the first in the world to offer uterus transplant outside of a clinical trial, offering a solution to women with absolute uterine factor infertility.
The Dallas hospital boasts advanced obstetrical services combined with the warm, relaxing atmosphere of home and concierge offerings that support all types of birth plans. The New Family Center provides a range of services and amenities to support patients and families during childbirth including high-risk pregnancy care, specialized nursing staff, wireless fetal monitoring, nitrous oxide and epidurals, aromatherapy during delivery, skin-to-skin/Kangaroo care, Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) including a dedicated small baby unit, delayed cord clamping, cord blood banking, and more.
Comprehensive and Compassionate Childbirth Care in Grapevine
"We are honored to be among the first hospitals in the nation to be rated “Top Performing” by this prestigious organization for the superb care we offer for expectant families and their babies," said Chris York, MBA, FACHE, president of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine. "Patients have come to rely on the quality healthcare, privacy and personal attention they receive at Baylor Scott & White – Grapevine during this special time in their life. This accolade is further reassurance for our patients that they will receive top-notch care throughout the entire childbirth and labor and delivery process right here in our community.”
More than 3,000 babies are born at Baylor Scott & White – Grapevine each year. The hospital has been awarded the “Texas Ten Step Award” for a Mother-Friendly environment and was designated a Level II maternal care center by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The labor and delivery program includes nationally certified nurses, IBCLC-certified lactation consultants, advanced medical technology and multidisciplinary physicians on the medical staff. Baylor Scott & White – Grapevine features a 21-bed Level III NICU that combines advanced technology and highly trained healthcare professionals to provide specialized care for the smallest babies.
About Baylor Scott & White Health
As the largest not-for-profit health system in the state of Texas, Baylor Scott & White promotes the health and well-being of every individual, family and community it serves. It is committed to making quality care more accessible, convenient and affordable through its integrated delivery network, which includes the Baylor Scott & White Health Plan, Baylor Scott & White Research Institute, the Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance and its leading digital health platform – MyBSWHealth. Through 51 hospitals and more than 1,100 access points, including flagship academic medical centers in Dallas, Fort Worth and Temple, the system offers the full continuum of care, from primary to award-winning specialty care. Founded as a Christian ministry of healing more than a century ago, Baylor Scott & White today serves more than three million Texans. For more information, visit: BSWHealth.com