Friday, June 3, 2016

Lower C-Section Rates Decrease Risk To Mothers


ORLANDO, Fla. (June 3, 2016) –The Leapfrog Group and Castlight Health – both working toward improving health care for consumers, employers and other purchasers nationwide, just released the “2016 Maternity Care Report,” analyzing the quality and improvements of hospitals in reducing maternity care risk in women ages 19 to 44. Within the study, there are 12 Florida Hospitals that have been recognized as “fully meeting standard” in maternity care.

This is the first study of its kind, reporting national Cesarean Section (C-section) rates by hospital. Reducing the number of C-sections reduces potential for serious risk to the patient of incurring infections, blood clots and chronic pelvic pain. Longer recoveries and difficulty with future pregnancies can also result from unnecessary C-sections being performed. Additionally, babies born through C-section have more potential for breathing difficulties and an increased risk of developing chronic childhood diseases like asthma and diabetes.

“It is crucial for Florida hospitals – and hospitals nationwide – to work toward a goal of reducing unnecessary C-sections and early medical interventions during maternity care,” said The Florida Alliance President and CEO Karen van Caulil. “Early medical intervention causes preventable risk to mother and baby and can be avoided in most cases.”

The report examines the percentage of first-time mothers giving birth to a single baby (i.e., no twins or other multiples) at term (at least 37 weeks gestation), in the head-down position. The following is a list of the 12 Florida hospitals that “fully meet standard” in C-section rates according to the Leapfrog/Castlight Report:

While the state of residence may determine the care that a patient receives, patients can ensure they receive the best available care by using the data recorded per hospital.
  • Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart Health System, Panama City
  • Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center, Sebring
  • Florida Hospital North Pinellas, Tarpon Springs
  • Good Samaritan Medical Center, West Palm Beach
  • Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center, Panama City
  • Halifax Health Medical Center, Daytona Beach
  • Holmes Regional Medical Center, Melbourne
  • Indian River Medical Center, Vero Beach
  • Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Lakeland
  • Sacred Heart Hospital On The Emerald Coast, Miramar Beach
  • St. Vincent's Medical Center Southside, Jacksonville
  • West Florida Hospital, Pensacola
To see the Leapfrog/Castlight Maternity Care Report in its entirety and see how your local hospital ranks, visit http://www.leapfroggroup.org/HospitalSurveyReport.

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About Florida Alliance for Healthcare Value: The Florida Alliance for Healthcare Value (The Florida Alliance) represents major employers across the state, addressing one common goal: to improve the quality of health care for all Floridians. Through educational programs and quality improvement initiatives developed by the member organizations, Coalition staff, board members, partners, affiliates, and sponsors, The Florida Alliance organizes events that inform and contribute to health care quality improvement across Florida. For more information, please visit www.flhealthvalue.org, or find the organization on Facebo
Ashley Tait-Dinger 6/3/2016

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