Hospital recognized for maternity care

Chambersburg Hospital

Newsweek magazine recently recognized WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital for its excellence in maternity care. CH is one of nine Pennsylvania hospitals included on Newsweek’s 2020 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals.

The distinction recognizes facilities excelling in providing care to mothers, newborns and their families, as verified by the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Best Maternity Care Hospitals is part of Newsweek’s Best Health Care series, powered by data from The Leapfrog Group.


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“WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital is committed to providing a compassionate and safe birthing experience for all new mothers and newborns,” WellSpan Senior Vice President Sherri Stahl said.

The hospital has focused on providing the right care in the right place for several years. To meet that goal, the hospital added a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in 2016. Recently WellSpan decided to consolidate its maternity care In Franklin County at Chambersburg Hospital.

“It is an honor to be recognized on a national level for the work we’ve been doing to provide care for our mothers in Franklin County,” Stahl said.

Showcasing elite hospitals

Best Maternity Care Hospitals showcases an elite group of hospitals from across the country” said Newsweek’s Global Editor-in-Chief Nancy Cooper. “These facilities stand out for the care they provide to women and families, and for giving babies a strong start to life. Particularly in these uncertain times, we are honored to share this list of top-ranked facilities with Newsweek’s readership.”

Hospitals named as a Best Maternity Care Hospital have fully met The Leapfrog Group’s standards for maternity care on evidence-based, nationally standardized metrics.

This includes lower rates of early elective delivery, NTSV C-section, and episiotomy, as well as compliance with process measures including newborn bilirubin screening prior to discharge and blood clot prevention techniques for mothers delivering via C-section.

WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital was one of fewer than 250 to receive the prestigious accolade. It is one of only nine Pennsylvania hospitals meeting the Leapfrog standards. A list of those hospitals can be seen here.

The full list of recipients appeared in the July 24 edition of Newsweek, available online and at newsstands nationwide.

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