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Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix earns top designation for perinatal care

The hospital is the only program in the state to receive Arizona Perinatal Trust's Level IV designation

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Aug. 8, 2023) – Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix has been designated as Arizona’s first and only Level IV center for perinatal care. This certification by Arizona Perinatal Trust highlights Banner’s top quality care for newborns requiring all subspecialty and intensive care, at all gestational ages.

“We have a long history of providing the highest level of care to our patients,” said Dan Post, Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix CEO. “To achieve this new level of designation highlights our ongoing efforts to provide quality care to all families in our community, including helping the smallest and most critical newborns thrive. The expertise and dedication of our team is unmatched.”

The Women and Infant Services program at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix is committed to improving the health of all mothers and babies, and keeping them together in situations where either might face complications during delivery. A Level IV designation is the highest level a program can achieve and is reserved for hospitals that offer unparalleled neonatal/perinatal care across all subspecialties. This certification, coupled with earning the Top Maternity Hospital recognition by Newsweek, makes the hospital a top destination for maternity care.

Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix is a large teaching hospital that has provided medical care to Arizona and the Southwest since 1911. It is part of Banner – University Medicine, a premier academic medical network. The institution, which has trained thousands of doctors over decades as a teaching hospital, is the academic medical center for The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. The hospital, recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s best hospitals, specializes in heart care, cancer care, high-risk obstetrics, neurosciences, organ transplants, medical toxicology and emergency care, including a Level I trauma center. Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health care system with 30 hospitals in six states. For more information, visit

Editors’ notes: Ashleigh Woods of Ahwatukee delivered her son at just 23 weeks pregnant. He spent the next six months in the neonatal intensive care unit for surgery, treatment, and support to grow and get stronger. Woods says while nobody likes to think about all the things that could happen during pregnancy, she is so thankful to have ended up at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix where the team was knowledgeable and prepared at every step of the way. “If I had ended up anywhere else, our story could look a lot different.” To schedule an interview with the Woods family and their Banner clinical team, please coordinate with Jen Fenter at [email protected]

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