Ocean Medical Center Recognized Nationally as a Best Maternity Care Hospital by Newsweek – Network News, Press Releases


July 14, 2021

Hackensack Meridian Ocean Medical Center was named to Newsweek’s 2021 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals. Ocean Medical Center is one of the three hospitals in New Jersey to have earned this distinction.

The distinction recognizes facilities that have provided exceptional care to mothers, newborns and their families, as verified by the 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Best Maternity Care Hospitals is part of Newsweek’s Best Health Care series, powered by data from The Leapfrog Group. Best Maternity Care Hospitals were first designated in 2020.

“This is the second year that Ocean Medical Center has earned this prestigious recognition which demonstrates our continued commitment to achieving excellence in maternity care,” said Jason Kreitner, MHA, FACHE, president and chief hospital executive. “Our exceptional obstetrics and gynecological team provides the most comprehensive care to mothers, newborns, and their families in our community.”

The medical center provides patients with individualized obstetrics and gynecology care, including ongoing support for mom and baby by a team of certified registered nurses, each of whom has been specially trained in all aspects of childbirth. A Level II Special Care Nursery is available if a higher level of care is needed for infants requiring specialized care by nationally trained neonatologists and neonatal nurses. 

Best Maternity Care Hospitals showcases an elite group of hospitals nationwide,” said Nancy Cooper, Global Editor in Chief of Newsweek. “These facilities should be commended for the care they provide to women and families, and for giving babies a strong start to life. As families continue to cope with the effects on the pandemic, this information can support Newsweek’s readership in planning for one of life’s most precious moments.”

“Our team is focused on providing unparalleled safety, compassionate care, and the best possible experience to all our patients before, during and after delivery” said  Ann Pagano, M.D., chair of obstetrics and gynecology, Ocean Medical Center. “We continually work together to provide high-quality care to meet the individualized needs of moms during routine or more challenging pregnancies.”  

“Congratulations to Ocean Medical Center that continues to provide expert and skilled maternity care, coordinated by a team of top specialists in women’s health services,” said Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP, Hackensack Meridian Health regional president, southern market.  “This distinction demonstrates the high-quality and safe care offered to women and families in the community.”

Hospitals named as a Best Maternity Care Hospital have fully met The Leapfrog Group’s rigorous standards for maternity care excellence. This includes achieving lower rates of C-Sections (NTSV), early elective delivery, and episiotomy, as well as assuring bilirubin screening for all newborns and blood clot prevention techniques for mothers delivering via C-section.

Ocean Medical Center was one of fewer than 225 to receive the prestigious accolade. The full list of recipients  appeared in Newsweek online and at newsstands nationwide.

For more information about services, visit www.hackensackmeridian.org or for a free physician referral, call 800-560-9990.

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