CHA recognized for excellence in reducing pregnancy risk
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north communities, has been included on Newsweek’s list of Best Maternity Hospitals 2022. This prestigious award is presented by Newsweek and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. This honor reflects CHA’s extensive efforts to reduce pregnancy risk, including adoption of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative model and low Cesarean section rates.
Newsweek and Statista developed a complex methodology to ensure the quality and validity of the ranking. Three data sources were used for the evaluation:
- Nationwide online survey: Hospital managers and healthcare professionals with knowledge about maternity processes (e.g., midwives, neonatal and OB/GYNs) were asked to recommend leading maternity hospitals in the United States
- Medical Key Performance Indicators on hospitals with a focus on indicators relevant to maternity care
- Results from patient surveys
To reduce pregnancy risks, CHA adopted key elements of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative model, which is proven to reduce death during or after childbirth. “It’s more than bringing departments together – it’s about having a toolkit in place that we practice regularly,” explained CHA’s Chief of OB/GYN, Kathleen Harney, MD. “We now identify patients at higher risk before there’s a problem, allowing us to be better prepared to respond quickly. Our OB/GYN team worked very hard to put this system in place and we’re saving women’s lives.”
Newsweek and Statista invited more than 10,000 medical professionals to participate in the survey. Only 350 winners were recognized on the Best Maternity Hospitals 2022 list, which can currently be viewed on Newsweek’s website.