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/