The George Washington University Hospital Named to U.S. News & World Report 2024 Best Hospitals for Maternity Care

Tuesday, December 5, 2023
A mother holding her newborn baby in a hospital bed

US News and World Report Maternity Care emblemU.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings and consumer advice, has named The George Washington University Hospital as a 2024 High Performing Hospital for Maternity Care (Uncomplicated Pregnancy). This is the highest award a hospital can earn for U.S. News’ Best Hospitals for Maternity Care.

Best Hospitals for Maternity Care is an annual evaluation designed to assist expectant parents, in consultation with their prenatal care team, in making informed decisions about where to receive maternity care that best meets their family’s needs. The George Washington University Hospital earned a High Performing designation in recognition of maternity care as measured by factors such as newborn complication rates.

“We are honored to receive this award of outstanding recognition,” said Kimberly Russo, Group VP, Acute - DC Region, CEO, GW Hospital. "As a 2024 Best Hospital for Maternity Care, The George Washington University Hospital provides the exceptional care needed to expectant parents who are welcoming their new babies into the world. This prestigious award highlights the remarkable work by our dedicated, multidisciplinary teams and the positive outcomes they achieve each day. We are committed to the patients and families we serve throughout the DC Region."

U.S. News evaluated hospitals from across the nation that provide labor and delivery services and submitted detailed data to the publication for analysis; 680 hospitals, an all-time high, participated in this year’s U.S. News survey. Fewer than half – 46% – of all hospitals that offer maternity care and participated in the survey received a High Performing designation.

“Hospitals that receive a High Performing designation as part of Best Hospitals for Maternity Care meet a high standard in caring for parents with uncomplicated pregnancies,” said Jennifer Winston, health data scientist at U.S. News. “These hospitals have C-section rates that are 26% lower, and newborn complication rates that are 37% lower than unrecognized hospitals. Parents-to-be can research their local hospitals’ performance metrics for free at to help them choose where to have their baby.”

The U.S. News Best Hospitals for Maternity Care methodology is based entirely on objective measures of quality, such as C-section rates in lower-risk pregnancies, newborn complication rates, exclusive breast milk feeding rates, early elective delivery rates, birthing-friendly practices and transparency on racial/ethnic disparities, among other measures.