The Economic Alliance for Michigan (EAM) has awarded Spectrum Health Pennock Hospital a Hospital Maternity Care Excellence Award for the fourth year in a row.
The awards are part of EAM’s Maternity Care Project, designed to decrease the state’s infant mortality rate, reduce the rate of unnecessary C-sections, and be an educational resource for new and expecting parents residing in Michigan.
“We’re so proud of our maternity care team for again earning this distinction,” said Steve Marzolf, chief nursing officer for Spectrum Health Pennock. “Led by birthing center supervisor Lynsey Nearpass, this team continues to provide an outstanding and safe experience for local mothers, babies and their families. We also believe the exceptional partnerships with our OB/GYN and Pediatric providers has created the ability for us to excel in our practices and outcomes.”
Spectrum Health Pennock has earned the distinction in each of the program’s four years and is one of five Spectrum Health hospitals to earn the designation.
For the award, hospitals were evaluated in four areas: cesarean rates, episiotomy rates, elective early delivery rates and maternity care processes. To be awarded the Excellence Award, hospitals need to fully meet the standard in all four areas in the same calendar year.
Pennock Family Birthing Center team members with one of Pennock OB/GYN providers, Carey Groendal, certified nurse midwife, center.