Parkwest Medical Center is one of four Covenant Health hospitals have earned 2020 “BEST for Babies” award, announced recently by Tennessee Hospital Association and the Tennessee Department of Health. The others recognized  include Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville and Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge.

Created in 2016, the “BEST for Babies” award celebrates hospitals across the state for their efforts to reduce infant deaths and improve the health of Tennessee’s newborns.

The Covenant Health member organizations are the only Knoxville-area hospitals to receive the BEST for Babies award this year.

The BEST award stands for breastfeeding, early elective delivery reduction and safe sleep for Tennessee babies. Award-winning hospitals have successfully increased breastfeeding initiation rates, minimized early elective deliveries and promoted healthy sleep practices for babies. Eighteen hospitals in the state met rigorous criteria for the 2020 award. Parkwest also received this honor in 2019.

Learn more about “BEST for Babies” here.