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Mount Sinai South Nassau is the only hospital on the South Shore to be rated high performing in maternity care by U.S. News & World Report®

Posted: Jan. 2, 2024
Mount Sinai South Nassau is the only hospital on the South Shore to be rated high performing in maternity care by U.S. News & World Report®

Mount Sinai South Nassau is the only hospital on the South Shore to be awarded the highest possible rating of “High Performing” in maternity care in the 2024 U.S. News & World Report® “Best Hospitals for Maternity Care.”

This is the second consecutive year that Mount Sinai South Nassau has been awarded the rating, which reflects the hospital’s:

  • Reduced C-section delivery rate
  • Low rate of early elective delivery rate
  • Reduced risk for unexpected newborn complications
  • Increased rate of routine VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section)
  • High rate of exclusive infant breastfeeding
  • Low rate of episiotomy
  • Commitment to routine birthing-friendly practices
  • Transparency on racial/ethnic disparities

“This latest U.S. News rating confirms what Mount Sinai South Nassau mothers and their families already know: Mount Sinai South Nassau provides the safest and most advanced high-quality maternity care on the South Shore,” said Mount Sinai South Nassau’s President, Adhi Sharma, MD. “We are delighted to be the only hospital in Nassau and Suffolk counties to be awarded this prestigious recognition. Our maternity team is dedicated to our patients and to the communities we serve.”

An all-time high of 680 hospitals from across the country that provide labor and delivery services submitted detailed data to be considered for the ratings.

The U.S. News “Best Hospitals for Maternity Care” methodology is based entirely on objective measures of quality, such as cesarean section rates in lower-risk pregnancies, newborn complication rates, exclusive breastfeeding rates, early elective delivery rates, and vaginal birth after C-section rates, among others.

“The rating is a direct result of our team’s commitment to meeting the needs of mothers who decide to deliver at Mount Sinai South Nassau. Through teamwork and collaboration, each mother and newborn receives the compassionate care and services that they deserve from the very beginning to the day they are discharged home,” said Alan Garely, MD, Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “I am extraordinarily proud of our team.”

In addition to the U.S. News rating, Mount Sinai South Nassau also is designated as a “Baby Friendly” hospital by the World Health Organization.

Mount Sinai South Nassau is ranked among the “Best Regional Hospitals” in the New York metro area in the 2023-24 U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” list, which was released in August, and was awarded nine “High Performing” badges, for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, hip fracture, kidney failure, pneumonia, and stroke, as well as for the specialty of urology.

Only Hospital on Long Island to Be Rated as ‘High Performing’ in Maternity Care by U.S. News & World Report

In 2023, more than 2,008 babies were born at Mount Sinai South Nassau.

The hospital’s Women’s and Children’s Services’ Mother-Baby (maternity) Unit features 26 private rooms with first-class hotel-like accommodations, spacious labor and delivery rooms, and a six-bed Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Maternal-fetal services also are offered for high-risk pregnancies.

Premature babies and newborns with developmental complications or conditions receive the specialized care they need in the hospital’s Level II NICU. Staffed by board certified neonatologists and highly trained nurses, the unit is equipped with dedicated medical technologies for premature newborns and newborns with special needs. For mothers who require a C-section, the surgery is performed in a dedicated state-of-the-art surgical suite on the Labor and Delivery unit to ensure that they experience family-centered care.

Parents experience the entire birth process in the comfort of the unit’s private labor and delivery suites and continue to learn about and bond with their newborns in spacious and private postpartum rooms. Central to the Women and Children’s family-centered philosophy is its visitation policy, allowing the support person or significant other to remain with the mother and baby 24 hours a day. Other members of the family can visit the mother and a new baby during visiting hours to celebrate and participate in this special event.

The accommodations and compassionate care are complemented by meals prepared by an award-winning culinary services department and a comprehensive parent-child education program, which helps parents prepare for pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and beyond.

About Mount Sinai South Nassau
The Long Island flagship hospital of the Mount Sinai Health System, Mount Sinai South Nassau is designated a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for outstanding nursing care. Mount Sinai South Nassau is one of the region’s largest hospitals, with 455 beds, more than 900 physicians and 3,500 employees. Located in Oceanside, New York, the hospital is an acute-care, not-for-profit teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art care in cardiac, oncologic, orthopedic, bariatric, pain management, mental health, and emergency services and operates the only Trauma Center on the South Shore of Nassau County, along with Long Island’s only free-standing Emergency Department in Long Beach.

In addition to its extensive outpatient specialty centers, Mount Sinai South Nassau provides emergency and elective angioplasty, and offers Novalis Tx™ and Gamma Knife® radiosurgery technologies. Mount Sinai South Nassau operates the only Trauma Center on the South Shore of Nassau County verified by the American College of Surgeons as well as Long Island’s only free-standing, 9-1-1 receiving Emergency Department in Long Beach. Mount Sinai South Nassau also is a designated Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health and Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons; is an accredited center of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Association and Quality Improvement Program; and an Infectious Diseases Society of America Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence. For more information, go to www.mountsinai.org/southnassau.

*Nassau/Suffolk counties.