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Madera Community Hospital Recognized for Higher Quality in Maternity Care

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  • Written By: Sherrie Bakke

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April 2021, Madera, CA – Blue Shield of California has recognized Madera Community Hospital with a Blue Distinction® Center for Maternity Care designation as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated hospitals demonstrating expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes based on clinical objectives.

“Madera Community Hospital is fiercely committed to providing quality healthcare services throughout our institution,” said Karen Paolinelli, Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud of our Obstetricians; Dr. Oju, Dr.Ng and Dr. Mayer for their commitment to providing our new moms with the care and support needed to deliver full term babies.”

Nearly four million babies are born in the U.S. annually, making childbirth the most common cause of hospitalization, and cesarean sections the most common operating room procedures, according to National Centers for Health Statistics and the Agency for Health care Research & Quality (AHRQ). Reducing early elective delivery is an area of focus for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). According to Health Affairs, elective inductions result in more cesarean deliveries and a longer maternal hospitalization. The Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity Care program evaluates hospitals on quality measures for vaginal and cesarean delivery.

To learn more about Maternity Care at Madera Community Hospital visit or contact us for birthing classes and or a tour,