The elite designation, awarded to only 231 hospitals in the nation, identifies leading maternity care programs based on rigorous quality and safety standards.
"This honor belongs to every one of our team members, who work every day for our patients," said Annette Cole, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at Sky Lakes.
Newsweek’s best maternity care hospitals demonstrate the highest performance in the United States as verified by the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Designated hospitals meet Leapfrog’s rigorous standards for excellence in maternity care — including low rates of C-section, episiotomy (an incision to enlarge the vaginal opening for childbirth), and elective early delivery — and follow important protocols to protect moms and babies, among other measures.
To be considered for the list, hospitals had to demonstrate they met or exceeded Leapfrog's standards in seven different clinical measures.
Additionally, Sky Lakes also earned an A on the Spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The A Safety Grade is also an elite designation from the Leapfrog Group, a national, independent watchdog that sets the highest standards for patient safety in the United States.