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Kaiser Permanente Modesto Medical Center Named to the California 2022 Maternity Care Honor Roll

Kaiser Permanente Modesto Medical Center is being recognized for excellence in maternity care by reducing the use of births via cesarean sections, which can lead to higher rates of complications for mothers and babies.

Kaiser Permanente Modesto Medical Center is among the 108 hospitals in California named to the 2022 Maternity Care Honor Roll.

This recognition is for hospitals that met or surpassed the statewide target aimed at reducing births via C-sections in first-time mothers with low-risk pregnancies. The 108 hospitals on the honor roll represent 51% of all 211 hospitals that offer maternity services and participate in the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative’s Maternal Data Center.

“We are proud to have the efforts of our maternity care teams recognized,” said Aphriekah Duhaney-West, senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente Central Valley. “Thanks to the efforts of our physicians and staff, families can be assured that their newborn will be welcomed to the world with the highest level of care, compassion and safety.”

Kaiser Permanente Northern California is a leader in providing innovative approaches to maternal care and is working to improve equity in maternal health. Our hospitals are among the best in the country for meeting rigorous standards for maternity care, including low C-section rates, elective early deliveries and for following important protocols to safely protect new moms and their babies. Last year, nearly 44,000 babies were delivered at Kaiser Permanente Northern California hospitals.

“Kaiser Permanente is committed to providing the best patient care, and our physicians and teams work tirelessly each day to fulfill that promise to our patients and their families,” says Sanjay Marwaha, MD, physician-in-chief for Kaiser Permanente Central Valley. “This recognition reflects our pride in service and our dedication to providing exceptional care for our new moms and babies.”

In 2015, the California Health and Human Services Agency began recognizing hospitals that meet the statewide target of C-sections for low-risk births through its Maternity Care Honor Roll. Starting this year, CHC changed the NTSV C-section rate threshold for honor roll hospitals from 23.9% to 23.6% to align with the Healthy People 2030 goals. This year’s award reflects calendar year 2021 hospital discharge and birth certificate data.

Overuse of C-sections can result in higher rates of complications for mothers including hemorrhage, transfusions, infection, and blood clots. The surgery also brings risks for babies, including higher rates of infection, respiratory complications, neonatal intensive care unit stays, and lower breastfeeding rates.

For more information on the California 2022 Maternity Care Honor Roll visit https://calhospitalcompare.org/programs/maternity-care-honor-roll/

COVID-19 Visitor Policy

As part of our commitment to protect our patients and staff, and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have implemented the following in our facilities:

Anyone entering our facilities must continue to wear a well-fitted mask, that covers their nose, mouth and chin, regardless of vaccination status. You may receive a recommendation to wear a KP supplied mask upon entry to facility to improve safety.

Inpatient Facilities

Our hospital visitor restrictions correspond directly to the CDPH-published COVID-19 transmission rates in the county that our hospitals are located and are based on 4 levels of transmission rates: high, substantial, moderate, or low. For your local facility visitor policy information please check the list below.

Per a health order from the state of California, hospital or skilled nursing facility visitors must provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test result which has been taken within 48 hours before entry or a negative COVID-19 antigen test result which has been taken within 24 hours before entry. This is not applicable to those entering the facility to access the lab, pharmacy, or radiology.

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April is National Healthcare Decisions Month

April is National Healthcare Decisions Month, a national initiative that seeks to educate the public about the importance of advance care planning.

“When we complete our advance care planning, we bring peace of mind to our family so they avoid the burden of making difficult choices later,” said Paul Luong, MD, Palliative and Geriatric Medicine physician in the Central Valley.

At Kaiser Permanente, Life Care Planning (LCP) is an approach to advance care planning which enables family and physicians to know and honor patient wishes if they were unable to speak for themselves. It includes identification of a decision maker, understanding the values and goals of care, and documentation of treatment preferences using an Advance Health Care Directive. Life Care Planning seminars are regularly provided by trained nurse and social worker facilitators, as well as non-clinical staff.

“Life Care Planning helps to speak for a patient when they cannot – such as in the case of a bad accident or severe illness,” Dr. Luong said. “It also keeps the patient’s loved ones from having to make these types of decisions during emergency or high-stress circumstances.”

For more information, visit Kaiser Permanente’s Life Care Planning website, which contains tools and resources to help you get started.

Manteca Women's Health Department Relocating on June 1, 2022

To better serve our members, the Women’s Health department is moving locations on our Manteca campus. As of June 1, 2022* Women’s Health will be located in the Sierra Medical Offices, on the west side of our campus adjacent to the Manteca hospital. Click here for a map of our campus and directions.

The newly renovated department will offer more space, more exam rooms and ample parking for our members – including stork parking for expectant moms.

The same friendly, compassionate staff will continue to provide care in the new location.

(Note: Original May 16 opening has been changed to June 1.)

Latest Updates on COVID Testing

Use a COVID-19 home antigen test at the first sign of symptoms. Visit kp.org/covidtests to learn how you can get a test at no cost.

Please don’t go to urgent care or the emergency department for COVID-19 testing — only members who need immediate care should go to those locations.