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LeConte Medical Center Named a Best Maternity Hospital by Newsweek

Posted on October 12, 2020

Newsweek Best Maternity Hospital LeConte Medical Center is named among “Best Maternity Hospitals 2020” by Newsweek. The distinction was awarded to 231 facilities in 36 states and LeConte Medical Center is one of only four hospitals in Tennessee to be included. 

Newsweek partnered with The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization that reports on the safety and quality performance of U.S. health care facilities, to determine the elite hospitals for maternity care. The list is based on standards of excellence in maternity care, including achieving low rates of C-section, episiotomy and early elective deliveries, and following specific protocols to protect mothers and babies. LeConte Medical Center was recognized by The Leapfrog group earlier this year, receiving an A safety grade for meeting the highest standards of quality and patient safety.

“I am extremely proud of the dedicated group of nurses, support staff and physicians in our Dolly Parton Parton Birthing Unit who demonstrate both excellent clinical skill and compassionate care to women, families and babies every day,” said Carolyn Shipley, chief nursing officer at LeConte Medical Center. “Our team remains focused on providing the best experience to our obstetric patients, and we are honored to be recognized as a leader in maternity care throughout the country.” 

More than 1,000 babies are born annually in the 19-bed Dolly Parton Birthing Unit. LeConte’s birthing unit received a BEST for Babies Award from the Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee Hospital Association, and the medical center is certified as a “Safe Sleep Hospital” for providing education to patients about newborn sleep safety.

Newsweek’s Best Maternity Hospitals 2020 list can be viewed online at www.newsweek.com/best-maternity-care-hospitals-2020.

For more information about maternity services at LeConte Medical Center, please visit LeConteMedicalCenter.com/Dolly-Parton-Birthing-Unit