December 12, 2023

Portland area hospitals named among best for maternity care

Sunnyside and Westside medical centers recognized on Best Hospitals for Maternity Care 2024 list by U.S. News & World Report.

Contact: Kim Mounts

PORTLAND, Ore. — U.S. News & World Report, has named Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside and Westside medical centers as high performing in maternity care (uncomplicated pregnancy) for 2024. This is the highest award a hospital can earn for U.S. News’ Best Hospitals for Maternity Care. Sunnyside and Westside are the only hospitals in the Portland metro area to receive this recognition.

The Best Hospitals for Maternity Care ranking 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. 

Both Sunnyside and Westside medical centers earned a “high performing” designation in recognition of maternity care as measured by factors such as newborn complication rates.

“Kaiser Permanente’s ‘high performing’ rating from U.S. News & World Report reflects the excellent care our parents-to-be have come to expect,” said Claire Grant, MSN, director of Maternal and Child Health at the Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center. “As the only hospitals in the Portland metro area to receive this recognition, this designation reflects the deep commitment of our Maternal Child teams at Sunnyside and Westside medical centers. Every day we strive to provide our community with the highest level of care around quality measures like unexpected complications, cesarean sections, and exclusive breast milk feeding.”

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 and ethnic disparities, among other measures. 

For more information, visit Best Hospitals for Maternity Care.

About U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report is the global leader in quality rankings that empower consumers, business leaders and policy officials to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives and communities. A multifaceted digital media company with Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars, News, Real Estate, Careers and 360 Reviews platforms, U.S. News provides rankings, independent reporting, data journalism, consumer advice and U.S. News Live events. More than 40 million people visit each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.6 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health.