U.S. News & World Report named Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City a 2022-2023 High Performing hospital for maternity care. The award is the highest honor a hospital can earn for providing safe maternity care from the organization and comes as Mercy is expanding services for women in Oklahoma.
Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City was one of only four hospitals in the state of Oklahoma and the only hospital in Oklahoma City to receive this “High Performing” recognition designed to help expectant parents make informed decisions about where to receive care during pregnancy, labor and delivery. More than 2,700 hospitals across the country offer maternity services, and around 300 hospitals were named a Best Maternity Hospital.
This is the second year U.S. News and World Report has released the maternity rankings and the second year Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City has been recognized.
“The care our entire team provides at our birthplace creates a special experience for patients welcoming babies into the world,” said Dr. Tori O’Daniel, OB-GYN and medical director of women’s health services at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City. “Women and families in our community have come to expect safe, top-notch care at Mercy. That exceptional care has resulted in exponential growth and a record number of deliveries year after year.”
The hospital’s labor and delivery and postpartum services have been at capacity for years, limiting Mercy’s ability to serve more patients. The new Love Family Women’s Center is under construction on the hospital campus and scheduled to be complete next year. When the women’s center opens, the facility will have an obstetrics emergency department, the state’s first hospital-based low intervention birthing unit and total of 73 patient rooms, increasing the capacity for deliveries by 40%. The new facility will feature services for women of all ages and include a dedicated area for women recovering from surgeries, outpatient therapy services, pelvic floor therapy, as well as support groups and classes on everything from childbirth, infant care, CPR and more.
The Tom and Judy Love family, for whom the center is named, gave a $10 million lead donation to kick off the project, inspiring another $33 million total in donations toward the Love Family Women’s Center.
The U.S. News Best Hospitals for Maternity Care methodology is based entirely on objective data 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 rates, among other measures.
“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.”