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U.S. News & World Report Recognizes Excellent Black Patient Outcomes at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital

April 11, 2024

UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, a worldwide leader in women's health and research, has been recognized for its success in supporting Black maternal health by U.S. News & World Report. This recognition comes during Black Maternal Health Week, April 11-17, 2024. UPMC Magee-Womens is the only hospital in Pennsylvania to receive this recognition.

“We are honored to be recognized for our efforts in improving maternal health outcomes for Black women,” said Richard Beigi, MD, president, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital. “Here at UPMC, our providers, nurses, hospital staff and community members are all working toward health equity and creating positive birthing experiences for all vulnerable populations – especially pregnant people of color."

The U.S. News analysis of all high-performing maternity care hospitals in the U.S., which UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital was recognized for in December 2023, identified just 26 hospitals achieving excellent outcomes for cesarean section and unexpected newborn complications among Black patients.

For the last few years, the use of doulas has been a major focus at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital for all underserved women and is well-documented to provide better clinical outcomes for both the birthing person and baby. The Birth Circle Doulas of Magee program provides individualized doula support at no cost for at-risk women experiencing a disproportionate disadvantage from adverse social determinants of health during pregnancy, delivery, and the postpartum period with both face-to-face encounters and remote (telehealth) support. 

“The ability to deliver doula support during pregnancy with the right people to the right patient is essential to eliminate health disparities for all women of color in the local community,” added Dr. Beigi. 

For additional details, view the full media release here.