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Kaiser Permanente Modesto Recognized For Maternity Care
Kaiser Health

Kaiser Permanente Modesto Medical Center is being recognized as among the best hospitals in the United States for providing high-quality maternity care to new parents and their babies.

The Modesto facility is among the 259 hospitals named to the Leapfrog Group and Money magazine’s list of the Best Hospitals for Maternity Care. Only 28 hospitals in California made the list and Kaiser Permanente Northern California has a total of seven hospitals recognized including Modesto, Redwood City, Roseville, San Francisco, San Leandro, Santa Clara, and Vacaville.

The Leapfrog Group partnered with Money to analyze maternity care data submitted to the 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which was completed by over 2,200 hospitals in 2022. To be included in the list, eligible hospitals had to carry an A or B letter grade on the spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assessment. In addition, they were required to meet seven criteria specific to providing maternity care.

“This recognition is a testament to the extraordinary efforts our maternity care teams provide every day,” said Aphriekah Duhaney-West, senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente Central Valley. “We are proud of our physicians and staff who continually go above and beyond to assure our families receive the highest level of care.”

Kaiser Permanente Northern California is a leader in providing innovative approaches to maternal care and is working to improve equity in maternal health. The hospitals meet rigorous standards for maternity care, including low C-section rates, elective early deliveries and for following important protocols to safely protect new moms and their babies. Last year, nearly 44,000 babies were delivered at Kaiser Permanente Northern California hospitals.

“Our physicians and care teams are driven by an overwhelming commitment to provide high-quality, safe patient care,” said Sanjay Marwaha, MD, physician-in-chief for Kaiser Permanente Central Valley. “This recognition reflects our pride in service and desire to give new moms and their babies a healthy start.”

The 259 hospitals that made the cut are a combination of hospitals that provide care for uncomplicated pregnancies, as well as hospitals that provide care for high-risk deliveries, such as offering neonatal intensive care units, etc.

For more information on Leapfrog’s standards, visit Leapfrog’s hospital survey measure page.

Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of its members and the communities it serves. Kaiser currently serves almost 12.6 million members in eight 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. For more information, visit