Mequon’s Columbia Center earns a top rating

News Graphic Staff

June 17, 2014

MEQUON — Columbia Center Inc., Wisconsin’s only specialty hospital focused exclusively on child birth, has earned the highest rating awarded in the Consumer Report’s “Hospital Ratings Avoiding C-Sections” study. Columbia Center is one of just two facilities in the greater Milwaukee area to receive the best ranking.

Higher-rated hospitals do fewer Csections while lower-rated hospitals do more of them, a news release said.

The 500 percent increase in cesarean rates since 1970 brought together the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine to promote best practices guidelines aimed at preventing unnecessary cesarean births.

To help expectant families make informed decisions about their maternity care, Consumer Reports published the most comprehensive study of cesarean births to date. Researchers examined data from 1,500 hospitals in 22 states and ranked them from best to worst.

The findings showed that 66 percent of the hospitals included in the study earned the lowest or second-lowest score. Only 12 percent, including Columbia Center, were included in the top two tiers, and is one of only six earning the rating.