Providence Queen of the Valley Medical Center Makes Cal Hospital Compare’s 2021 Honor Roll for Maternity Care

Cal Hospital Compare, in partnership with the California Health & Human Services Agency, recently announced the recipients of the 2021 Maternity Care Honor Roll and Providence Queen of the Valley Medical Center was among the honorees. The hospital was one of 124 hospitals recognized for meeting or surpassing the statewide target aimed at reducing births via C-section in first-time mothers with low-risk pregnancies.

“We are incredibly proud of the care we provide to mothers and babies. From our Intensive Care Nursery to our award-winning lactation consultants, skilled OB/GYNs, neonatologist and nurses, our care team works around-the-clock to support growing families,” said Terry Wooten, Chief Executive at Queen of the Valley.

To receive a 2021 maternity honor roll award, a California hospital must have a cesarean section rate of 23.9 percent or lower for low-risk, first birth deliveries and participate in the 2020 California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC)’s Maternal Data Center. With a 21.7 percent C-section rate for 2020, Queen of the Valley exceeded this benchmark.

Overuse of C-sections matters. For mothers, cesareans can result in higher rates of complications like hemorrhage, transfusions, infection, and blood clots. Once a mother has had a C-section, she has a greater than 90 percent chance of having one again for subsequent births, leading to higher risks of additional major complications. The surgery also brings risks for babies, including higher rates of infection, respiratory complications, and neonatal intensive care unit stays. In 2015, the California Health and Human Services

Agency began recognizing hospitals for meeting this statewide target for C-sections.

This is just one of the awards Queen of the Valley has received for its maternity care. The hospital also received an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant Care award in 2020. 

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