Doctors Hospital is Designated Level II (Specialty Care) Maternal Facility

Wednesday, June 12, 2024
Women's services team accepting the designation plaque from the state.

Doctors Hospital of Laredo (DHL) is pleased to announce that the Texas Department of State Health Services has re-designated DHL as a Level II (Specialty Care) Maternal Facility in Perinatal Care.  DHL is recognized for its ongoing commitment to ensure quality care is available for maternal patients in its area. Every Texas-licensed hospital that provides maternal care must be designated to receive Medicaid reimbursement.

The Level II maternal designated facility will:

  • Provide care for pregnant and postpartum patients with medical, surgical and/or obstetrical conditions that present a low-to-moderate risk of maternal morbidity or mortality
  • Have skilled personnel with documented training, competencies and annual continuing education specific to the patient population served

In addition, DHL has a Maternal Medical Director (MMD) who is an obstetrics and gynecology physician. The MMD has privileges in maternal care and demonstrates administrative skills and oversight of the Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) program; and has completed annual continuing education specific to maternal care, including complicated conditions. DHL’s Maternal Medical Director is OB/GYN, Dr. David Benavides.

Maternity Care and Women's Services at Doctor's Hospital of Laredo

To learn more about women's services at DHL, including maternity care, visit our Women's Services page

“We are extremely proud of our Women’s Center team and physicians for earning this prestigious recognition,” states Andrew Wilson, CEO. “We congratulate them for their leadership roles in successfully completing the program requirements.”   

Level II facilities are surveyed by a multi-disciplinary team that includes at a minimum one obstetrics and gynecology physician and one maternal nurse, all approved in advance by the office and currently active in the management of maternal patients at a facility providing the same or a higher level of maternal care.

DHL has demonstrated that it meets all standards of care relating to the treatment of pregnant and postpartum patients in Texas, actively advocates for maternal system development and works to improve the availability and quality of maternal care as an active member of the Seven Flags Regional Advisory Council and Perinatal Care Region.