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published on January 4, 2019 - 1:28 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Madera Community Hospital, Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno and Sierra View Medical Center in Porterville have been recognized for excellence in childbirth care for 2018 by achieving the federal goal of reducing births via cesarean section.

The hospitals have been included in the Smart Care C-section Honor Roll, recognizing hospitals meeting or surpassing a target of less than 23.9 percent of births via C-section in first time mothers with low risk pregnancies. Even for these types of low risk pregnancies, there are significant variations in rates of C-sections among hospitals in California, ranging from less than 15 percent to more than 70 percent.

“Earning this place reaffirms our commitment and efforts in supporting the immediate and long-term health and safety of mothers and babies in Northern California,” said Dr. Theodore Nassar, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Madera Medical Staff Liaison for Madera Community Hospital.

California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) stated that the C-section Honor Roll used 2017 hospital discharge and birth certificate data from 240 California hospitals that offer maternity services. A total of 122 hospitals made the list this year compared to 2017. Community Regional had the further distinction of this being their third consecutive recognition.

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