Newsweek names SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital to list of Nation’s Best Hospitals for Maternity Care

August 31, 2020

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Centralia has earned top marks for the safety and quality of its coordinated maternity care. The elite distinction identifies leading maternity care programs based on rigorous quality and safety standards.

“This designation reflects our commitment to provide a safe, compassionate and personalized birthing experience,” said Damon Harbison, President of SSM Heath St. Mary’s Hospital. “Our amazing obstetrics team puts mom and baby at the center of every decision.”

Facilities included in the “Best Maternity Hospital” list include those with low rates of C-section, episiotomy and early elective deliveries, as well as those that follow crucial, best-practice protocols to protect mother and babies. Newsweek partnered with The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization committed to improving healthcare quality and safety for consumers, to review quality data and determine the 2020 list.

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital was one of fewer than 250 to receive Newsweek’s prestigious accolade. For more detail on methodology and a complete list of designated maternity care programs, visit Newsweek’s “Best Maternity Hospitals 2020” list on-line at