“Delaware hospitals are committed to providing the highest quality infant and maternity care,” said Brian Frazee, CEO of the Delaware Healthcare Association. “We are proud to be first in the nation for the quality of care that Delaware hospitals provide to birthing individuals and their babies.”
“Delaware hospital maternal health leaders meet regularly to discuss strategies to improve the quality of care for mothers and babies in Delaware. This collaboration, known as the Delaware Perinatal Quality Collaborative, will continue to work to ensure that mothers and babies in Delaware receive the best care possible,” said Dr. Garrett Colmorgen, chair of the Delaware Perinatal Quality Collaborative.
The America’s Health Rankings “2023 Health of Women and Children Report” analyzes data using 122 measures from 34 distinct data sources. The hospital maternity practices ranking is based on the Centers for Disease and Prevention’s Maternity Practices in Infant and Nutrition Care (mPINC) survey score. That score is based on birth facility policies and practices regarding maternity care.
The report cites Delaware’s high hospital maternity practices score as one of Delaware’s strengths in terms of the health of women and children. It also cites some of Delaware’s challenge areas, including the state’s high injury death rate among women and low WIC coverage among eligible children ages 0-4.
Delaware’s health care system and state government has focused on maternity care in recent decades, due in large part to the state’s high infant mortality rate.
The Delaware Healthcare Association (DHA) was formed in 1967 and is a statewide trade and membership services organization that represents and serves hospitals, health systems, and related health care organizations.