REDLANDS, Calif. (February 26, 2016) – Redlands Community Hospital
has received a “superior” rating in a 2014 report on Cesarean
sections by the California Hospital Assessment and Reporting Task Force
(CHART), the highest rating approved by the multi-stakeholder state group.
It is the only hospital in San Bernardino County to earn a “superior” rating.
The task force analyzed 2014 state data from 244 hospitals on C-sections
performed on first-time moms with low-risk pregnancies, which includes
mothers who have reached the 37th week or later with one fetus in the
head-down position. This type of pregnancy is called Nulliparous Term
Singleton Vertex (NTSV).
In 2014, Redlands Community Hospital had 838 NTSV births and had 20.3 percent
NTSV C-section births. Redlands rate was six percent lower than the national
average. All other San Bernardino County hospitals earned below-average
or average ratings.
“New mothers and their safety are our prime concern in our Labor,
Delivery & Recovery Unit,” said Jim Holmes, president and CEO
of Redlands Community Hospital. “Our maternity staff strives to
provide moms and babies with highly compassionate care while avoiding
unnecessary C-sections. The rating we received reflects our values at
Redlands Community Hospital to put the patient’s health and safety
needs first and foremost.”
Even low-risk pregnancies can result in complications, and when these occur,
C-sections can save lives. However, medical experts say that this procedure
is performed too often when not medically indicated. Some of the risks
associated with C-sections include bleeding, infection, blood clots and
injury to other organs. Experts say that after a woman has had the surgery,
she is very likely to have future C-section births, and that brings the
risk of additional complications. For more information about Redlands
Community Hospital, please visit www.redlandshospital.org or call (909) 335-5500.
Redlands Community Hospital is an independent not-for-profit, stand-alone hospital.
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