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GRMC Named a Top Maternity Hospital

Last Updated on Apr 13, 2021 at 8:03am | Health & Social

Article courtesy of NCWV Media - The Republican. From Staff Reports. Submitted Photo.
Physicians and staff members from the Family Centered Maternity Suite at Garrett Regional Medical Center.Becker’s Hospital Review recently recognized Garrett Regional Medical Center as a top maternity hospital on both the state and national levels.
The list of 217 top maternity hospitals in the United States was compiled by Newsweek magazine in partnership with the Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization that reports on the safety and performance of U.S. health-care facilities. The facilities that made the Best Maternity Hospitals 2021 list met Leapfrog’s high standards for safety, as well as quality, of the maternity care provided.
GRMC was one of three hospitals in Maryland to receive this distinction.
“It is an honor to be listed as a top-ranking maternity hospital in the country. As with all the patients we care for, we place the health and safety of our mothers and babies in the forefront of all we do,” said Mark Boucot, GRMC president and CEO. “Expectant mothers and their families can be assured that they are in expert hands throughout their pregnancy and beyond, as our clinicians provide award-winning care.”
Hospitals that received the designation had to fully meet all of Leapfrog’s targets in several quality and safety measures, including lower rates of early elective deliveries, C-sections, and episiotomies. Hospitals also had to consistently conduct newborn jaundice screenings, as well as use techniques to prevent blood clots in mothers delivering via C-section. GRMC has realized a 0% C-section infection rate since 2016, a rate that is well below the national average of 3%-15%.
“Our focus, every day, is to offer safe, quality care in our community,” said Dr. Marlana Bollinger of Wellspring Family Medicine. “The maternity suite at GRMC allows us to provide our mothers and babies with the very best experience when they need it most.”
The Family Centered Maternity Suite at GRMC features five LDRP (labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum) rooms and four private patient rooms. The suite-style patient rooms are designed with efficiency and patient comfort in mind. A fully equipped nursery is also available for infants with special needs.
“Having a facility at this level to provide our families with a caring and safe environment to welcome their babies is a true asset in the region,” said Dr. Sotiere Savopoulos of Cornerstone Family Medicine. “Every mother deserves a safe and healthy place to deliver their baby. This recognition reflects the commitment we have to providing high-quality, compassionate maternity care.”