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Newburgh, NY – For the fourth consecutive year, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) has been named a 5-star recipient for Vaginal Delivery by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This 5-star rating indicates that the hospital’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.

“Once again, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital has shown itself to be one of the premier healthcare providers in the Hudson Valley,” said Joan Cusack-McGuirk, SLCH President and CEO. “Our team’s commitment to the safety and well-being of our youngest patients and their new families is second to none. The Kaplan Family Birthing Center and the Elaine Kaplan Neonatal Intensive Care Unit have a long history of high-quality, patient-centered care that consistently ensures that our community’s new arrivals and their families have the safest, most comfortable experience possible.”

“With more options than ever on where to receive care, consumers need to do their homework,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Hospitals that have received a 5-star rating have shown dedication and expertise, resulting in high-quality outcomes for patients.”

To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance, Healthgrades analyzed all-payer state data for 15 states and the District of Columbia for years 2014 through 2016. Healthgrades found that there is a significant variation in hospital quality between those that have received 5-stars and those that have not. For example from 2014 through 2016, patients having a vaginal delivery in hospitals with 5-stars have, on average, a 42.7 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals with 1 star.

SLCH’s Kaplan Family Birthing Center has undergone extensive renovation and features some of the newest technologies in the industry, including a wireless fetal monitoring system that allows women in labor to walk freely throughout their labor room. In addition, SLCH labor and delivery rooms include private bathroom and shower, as well as private and semi-private recovery rooms. Birthing suites for labor, delivery, recovery and post-partum (LDRP) are also available to allow new mothers to remain in the same room throughout their entire birthing experience. The facility also includes a private lactation room where families can utilize all of SLCH’s breastfeeding resources.  A certified lactation consultant also provides assistance and education on breastfeeding techniques and nutrition.  The Birthing Center also has a comprehensive infant security program.

The SLCH Birthing Center utilizes a family-centered model of care, communicating with members of a new mother’s support network to ensure there is an understanding of how to care for both the mother and baby before they leave the hospital. 

The Elaine Kaplan Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, located just steps away from the Birthing Center, offers acute and chronic care for premature and ill full-term infants throughout the region. The first Level II NICU in Orange County, the facility’s state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment tools allow the specially-trained team to continuously monitor an infant’s condition, deliver fluids, nutrition and medication, as well as monitor vital signs.


About St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital 
St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) is a not-for-profit community hospital with campuses in Newburgh and Cornwall, NY. The hospital is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the Hudson Valley and has achieved excellence in the delivery of compassionate and comprehensive health care services. The Joint Commission noted SLCH for excellence in Key Quality Measures in the management of Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Stroke and Surgical Care. SLCH is also recognized as an industry leader in using information technology to improve patient care, by winning the Most Wired Award for the fourth year in a row. In January 2018, SLCH officially became part of the Montefiore Health System to strengthen the delivery of health care locally and enhance access to exceptional specialty care for Hudson Valley residents.