LEWISTON – St. Joseph Regional Medical Center has been named a 2022-23 High Performing hospital for Maternity Care by U.S. News & World Report. This is the highest award a hospital can earn for U.S. News’ Best Hospitals for Maternity Care.
The annual evaluation from U.S. News & World Report is designed to assist expectant parents and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive maternity care.
“St. Joe’s has an incredibly talented and experienced labor and delivery team,” shared Geneen Bigsby, DO, Chair of the Obstetric Committee at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. “St. Joe’s has worked hard to provide top-level obstetric (OB) care and have consistently, for decades, exceeded national standards for maternal safety, VBAC rates, C-section rates and breast feeding. It is wonderful to receive recognition for exceptional OB care and importantly achieve these standards of care that merit such an acknowledgment.”
U.S. News evaluated nearly 650 hospitals that provide high-quality labor and delivery services for uncomplicated pregnancies for its list of 2022-2023 Best Hospitals for Maternity Care. The U.S. News Best Hospitals for Maternity Care methodology is based on objective measures of quality, such as C-section rates in lower-risk pregnancies, newborn complication rates, exclusive breast milk feeding rates, early elective delivery rates and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) rates, among other measures.
St. Joe’s earned a High Performing designation in recognition of maternity care as measured by factors such as newborn complication rates.
“When expectant parents are considering their options for welcoming a baby to the world, the Best Hospitals for Maternity Care are designed to help them identify hospitals that excel in delivering babies for uncomplicated pregnancies,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis and managing editor at U.S. News. “A hospital that has earned a High Performing designation may be a good option for parents, in consultation with their medical provider, to consider.”
Current Obstetrics & Gynecology physicians and a certified nurse midwife on Medical Staff at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, include:
- Sara Berg, MD
- Geneen Bigsby, DO
- Lindsay Kern, MD
- Leif Sjoren, DO
- Alex Watson, MD
- Andrea Hedrick, CNM
More information about these providers can be found at sjrmc.org/find-a-doctor.