MemorialCare, UCI Health: The Only Two in Orange County to Make National Best Maternity Hospitals List

Monday, March 08, 2021

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MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center and UCI Medical Center are the only two hospitals in Orange County recognized on Newsweek’s Best Maternity Hospitals 2021 list, which highlights hospitals that provide exceptional care to mothers, newborns, and their families.

Newsweek developed the list in partnership with The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit that monitors the quality and safety of health care. Hospitals that received the top maternity care honor had to fully meet all of Leapfrog’s rigorous targets in several quality and safety measures, including lower rates of early elective deliveries, C-sections, and episiotomies, as well as assuring newborn jaundice screenings are conducted along with techniques to prevent blood clots in mothers delivering via C-section.

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“This designation is a testament to the collaboration and expertise of our nurses, physician partners, leaders, and staff, who consistently work to ensure the safety of both mothers and newborns at our Women’s Hospital,” said Marcia Manker, CEO, MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center. “We are proud to have a multidisciplinary care team that is dedicated to providing a personalized birthing experience for families in a safe environment.”

The Women’s Hospital at MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center has welcomed more than 80,000 babies over the past 30 years and has a renowned reputation as one of the most trusted hospitals for maternity care in the region. In addition to offering the first private Labor-Delivery-Recovery-Postpartum suites in Southern California, MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center is one of the only hospitals in Orange County to have an advanced, on-site Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center offers a variety of childbirth education classes for women and families to help them prepare for conception, birth, and postnatal care. The hospital also launched new postpartum services to address mental health challenges among new mothers and provide ongoing lactation support for patients.  

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“It is an honor to be recognized for the excellent maternity and newborn care UCI Health provides every day,” said Chad T. Lefteris, CEO, UCI Health. “Our team of committed physicians, nurses, and other specialists stop at nothing to offer each woman in our care the best treatment for her condition, including complex cases that require expertise that only an academic medical center can provide.”

The world-class physicians, nurses, therapists, and other members of the UCI Medical Center’s labor-and-delivery team are leaders in providing perinatal services for women experiencing high-risk pregnancies. 

The region’s only combined high-risk perinatal services center and designated regional neonatal intensive care unit, UCI Medical Center provides 24-hour critical, life-saving services for mothers and newborns. Pre-term and low birth weight infants are more likely to survive when delivered at centers equipped to manage care for high-risk pregnancies and provide regional neonatal services. 

UCI Health, as Orange County’s only academic health system, has a long-standing commitment to improving care for mothers and newborns. UCI Health maternal-fetal medicine experts have conducted groundbreaking research into heart disease risk among pregnant women and are among the leaders in the California Maternal Quality Care Consortium’s ongoing efforts to improve the safety of maternity care, including preventative care for obstetrical hemorrhagingcardiovascular risk, and venous thromboembolism

MemorialCare and UCI are platinum-level Leaders Circle partners of the Greater Irvine Chamber.

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