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Harris named Best Maternity Hospital by Newsweek

Harris Regional Hospital Nationally Recognized as a Best Maternity Care Hospital by Newsweek

Sylva, NC (August 2020)Harris Regional Hospital was named to Newsweek’s 2020 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals. The distinction recognizes facilities that have excelled in providing care to mothers, newborns and their families, as verified by the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Best Maternity Care Hospitals is part of Newsweek’s Best Health Care series, powered by data from The Leapfrog Group.

“To see firsthand the level of care that is provided to our patients every day, this designation is only fitting.” says Steve Heatherly, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital. “The amount of passion, focus and teamwork spanning from the physicians at Harris Women’s Care to the skilled nursing staff within the New Generation Family Birthing Center along with the resources and technology available result in our team delivering care at a level above the rest,” said Heatherly. “The women, children and growing families of WNC continue to be our priority and we are grateful for this designation as it demonstrates our commitment to high-quality care that our community deserves.”

Best Maternity Care Hospitals showcases an elite group of hospitals from across the country” said Nancy Cooper, Global Editor in Chief of Newsweek. “These facilities stand out for the care they provide to women and families, and for giving babies a strong start to life. Particularly in these uncertain times, we are honored to share this list of top-ranked facilities with Newsweek’s readership.”

Hospitals named as a Best Maternity Care Hospitalhave fully met The Leapfrog Group’s standards for maternity care on evidence-based, nationally standardized metrics. This includes lower rates of early elective delivery, NTSV C-section, and episiotomy, as well as compliance with process measures including newborn bilirubin screening prior to discharge and blood clot prevention techniques for mothers delivering via C-section.

Harris Regional Hospital was one of fewer than 250 to receive the prestigious accolade. The full list of recipients appeared in the July 24 edition of Newsweek, available online and at newsstands nationwide.


About Harris Regional Hospital

Harris Regional Hospital, established in 1925, is an 86-bed acute and specialty care facility serving Western North Carolina with more than 100 physicians practicing in locations throughout a multi-county region, including Harris Regional Hospital Medical Park of Franklin, an outpatient facility in Macon County.


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