Lakeland Regional Health Recognized as High Performing for Maternity Care

by U.S. News & World Report

Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health was recognized as High Performing for maternity care in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals for Maternity Care” 2022 list. Hospitals that scored well in evaluated categories were recognized as High Performing. Lakeland Regional Health is one of eight hospitals in Florida to be recognized as a High Performing hospital in maternity care.


The categories that U.S. News & World Report considered are the following: scheduled early deliveries, cesarean-section rates in low-risk women, newborn complications, rate of exclusive breast milk feeding, low episiotomy rates, option for vaginal births after cesarean, whether a hospital meets new federal criteria for “birthing-friendly” practices, and whether a hospital tracked and reported their outcomes for patients of different races and ethnicities.
“Sharing in the joy that families experience when they meet their new child is extraordinary. Our team feels privileged to provide compassion and encouragement to families during this exciting time in their lives,” said Lori Shea, Lakeland Regional Health Associate Vice President, Women’s and Children’s Services. “This year alone we have cared for thousands of women and children at the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children. In fact, our team is on track to have delivered over 4,000 babies this year alone, the most we have ever delivered! We are happy that the excellent care given by our team of care providers at the Pavilion is recognized in this way.”

U.S. News & World Report publishes a list of “best” hospitals and ratings for procedures and conditions each year; Lakeland Regional Health is also rated High Performing in other procedures and conditions, including colon cancer surgery, Diabetes care, knee replacement surgery, COPD care, heart failure care, and heart attack care.

At its Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, Lakeland Regional Health offers Polk County’s only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a 33-bed Children’s Emergency Department with emergency services, and the Center for Fetal Care for women with high-risk pregnancies. Lakeland Regional Health also plays a key role in providing pediatric specialty care to the families it serves, including a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and a Pediatric Surgery program through its affiliation with Nemours Children’s Health.

“Our highly skilled providers at the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children at our Medical Center are dedicated to providing exceptional care to each patient and their unique care needs,” said Timothy J. Regan, MD, President, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center/Chief Medical Officer, Lakeland Regional Health. “This national recognition is emblematic of their talent, compassion, and hard work.”

Click here to view the full list on the U.S. News & World Report’s website.

About Lakeland Regional Health

Not-for-profit Lakeland Regional Health reaches beyond its hospital walls to promote wellness, education and discovery in new places and new ways, providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services at its Medical Center, Hollis Cancer Center and ambulatory care locations. Lakeland Regional Health earned Most Wired Advanced and Most Wired status eight times since 2013 and has earned workplace awards from Forbes, Gallup and Becker’s Hospital Review. Its 892-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates the Jack and Tina Harrell Family Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine; a Level II Trauma Center; the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, which includes a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; and the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine.