LGMC Named Among America’s Best Places to Have a Baby


Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) has received the 2016 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics. This evidence-based designation is the only award that identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence and what women say they want from a hospital.

Recipients of this national award, such as LGMC, represent hospitals that women can feel confident about when choosing a place for their maternity needs. There were only three other hospitals in Louisiana to make the list for patient experience in obstetrics. LGMC was the only hospital in Acadiana to win the award.

The list of over 400 award winners, including LGMC, represents hospitals that offer exceptional obstetric services which ranked above the national average for patient safety, thereby supporting a woman’s decision when choosing the best for her maternity needs.

“We delivered a record number of babies at LGMC in 2015,” says Patrick W. Gandy, Jr., CEO of LGMC. “We are currently expanding our Mother/Baby facilities to accommodate the tremendous growth we are seeing in our Obstetrics program. I think that growth is driven by our commitment to making our hospital the best place for women to receive care in Acadiana.” Since 2012, LGMC has seen a 56% increase in its number of deliveries.

“New moms have many choices when it comes to having their baby, so choosing the best birthing experience is right up there with choosing the best doctor,” says Delia Passi, CEO and Founder of the Women’s Choice Award. “We’ve made it easy for moms to vet out the hospitals proven to deliver an outstanding experience.”

The America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics scoring process is unique in that it is the only national list that is evidence-based and focuses on female patient satisfaction. Awarded hospitals ranked above the national average for patient recommendations, as indicated by the data reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) surveys. Additional requirements included: having a NICU on-site, low rates of early elective deliveries (between 0-1%) as well as ranking above the national average for patient safety.

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