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St. Luke’s achieves Center of Excellence designation for labor and delivery, OB anesthesia programs


The Labor and Delivery Unit and Obstetric Anesthesia Service at St. Luke’s Anderson Campus have been designated as a Center of Excellence (COE) by the Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP), putting them in elite company with select, national organizations that provide the highest level of safe and effective anesthesia care for women and their babies.

According to the SOAP website, the four-year COE designation recognizes institutions and programs that demonstrate excellence in obstetric anesthesia care and meet a benchmark of expected care to improve standards nationally and internationally, which focus on reducing mortality before, during and after childbirth.

With this designation, St. Luke’s becomes only the third health system in Pennsylvania to achieve this recognition, joining the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

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