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for Maternity Care by U.S. News & World Report

Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health was recognized as high performing for maternity care in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals for Maternity Care” list released last week. U.S. News asked hospitals to submit data related to five quality metrics that included the following: scheduled early deliveries, cesarean-section rates in low-risk women, newborn complications, rate of exclusive breast milk feeding and option for vaginal births after cesarean. Hospitals that scored well on these measures were recognized as High Performing. Lakeland Regional Health is the only hospital in Polk County to make the list. 
Best Hospitals for Maternity Care (uncomplicated pregancy) is a new rating for the publication. U.S. News publishes a list of “best” hospitals and ratings for procedures and conditions each year; Lakeland Regional Health is also rated high performing in 4 other procedures and conditions, including colon cancer surgery, knee replacement, heart failure and heart attack care.

“It is always an honor to share in the joy of bringing new life into the world by providing compassion and encouragement to families during this most exciting time in their lives,” said Lori Shea, Lakeland Regional Health Associate Vice President, Women’s and Children’s Services. “This year at the Pavilion we have cared for thousands of women and children and have delivered over 3,500 babies. We are happy that the exceptional care given by our team of care providers at the Pavilion is recognized in this way.”  

At its Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children on the Medical Center Campus, Lakeland Regional Health offers Polk County’s only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the County’s only Dedicated Children’s Emergency Department, and the Center for Fetal Care for women with high-risk pregnancies. Lakeland Regional Health also plays a key role in providing pediatric specialty care to the families it serves, including a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and a Pediatric Surgery program through its affiliation with Nemours Children’s Health.

“This national recognition is emblematic of the highly skilled care we provide at the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children at our Medical Center,” said Timothy J. Regan, MD, President, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center/Chief Medical Officer, Lakeland Regional Health. “We are continually

Click here to view the full list on the U.S. News and World Report website.

About Lakeland Regional Health

Not-for-profit Lakeland Regional Health reaches beyond its hospital walls to promote wellness, education and discovery in new places and new ways, providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services at its Medical Center, Hollis Cancer Center and ambulatory care locations. Lakeland Regional Health earned Most Wired Advanced and Most Wired status seven times since 2013 and has earned workplace awards from Forbes, Gallup and Becker’s Hospital Review. Its 864-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates the Jack and Tina Harrell Family Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine; a Level II Trauma Center; the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, which includes a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; and the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine.

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