Palomar Health’s Poway, Escondido birth centers honored

Palomar Health's Poway, Escondido birth centers honored
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The birth centers at Palomar Medical Center Poway and Palomar Medical Center Escondido received national honors.

US News and World Report have recognized birthing centers as “highly performing in maternity care (uncomplicated pregnancy)”. This is the first time that US News has published a list of the best maternity hospitals. Of the 571 delivery hospitals across the country that submitted data, only 237 are on the top performing list, according to a press release from Palomar Health.

To be honored, hospitals had to excel on multiple quality parameters that matter to pregnant families, including rates of complications, cesarean sections, whether births were scheduled too early in pregnancy, and how successfully each hospital has supported the ‘feeding with milk. Only one-third of hospitals rated by US News for maternity care achieved “High Performing” – the highest rating.

“All families deserve to be told about hospital performance on key quality indicators, which is why US News has compiled and published a wealth of maternal health data from hospitals across the country,” said Ben Harder, editor and chief of health analysis. at US News & World Report. “The hospitals that we have recognized as high performing meet high standards of care for patients with uncomplicated pregnancies. “

The Palomar Health Escondido and Poway birthing centers have obtained a “high performance” rating in the best maternity hospitals.

“Bringing new life to the world is one of the most special events any healthcare professional and their family can experience,” said Sheila Brown, COO of Palomar Health. “The Palomar Health Birthing Centers in Poway and Escondido are proud to provide this joyful experience to 4,000 parents each year and to do so at the highest level.

Unique to the US News site, participating hospital profiles are one-stop-shop and include a variety of offers for expectant parents, including key safety measures, as well as services and amenities, such as private rooms, a Valet parking and availability of childbirth classes.

The evaluation focuses on hospital data relating only to uncomplicated pregnancies, and not to high-risk pregnancies. Participating hospitals responded to a survey by the US News Health Analysis Team in spring 2021, which reflects data from 2019. Participation was voluntary.

Named by Newsweek as one of the world’s top hospitals in 2021, Palomar Health is supported by two medical center campuses offering a range of acute care, obstetrics, rehabilitation, behavioral health, pediatrics and neonatal intensive care. For more information, visit

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