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Madera Community Hospital Makes Honor Roll

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Reductions in cesarean sections key determinant in long term health of mothers

Madera, California. January 3, 2019: Madera Community Hospital earned recognition in 2018 for excellence in childbirth care by achieving the federal goal of reducing births via cesarean section (C-section). The hospital is included in the Smart Care C-section Honor Roll, recognizing hospitals meeting or surpassed a federal target of less than 23.9% of births via C-section in first-time mothers with low-risk pregnancies.

“Earning this place reaffirms our commitment and efforts in supporting the immediate and long-term health and safety of mothers and babies in Northern California,” said Theodore Nassar, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Madera Medical Staff Liaison, Madera Community Hospital. “Our community based doctors and practitioners are dedicated toward ensuring mothers deliver full term healthy babies and delivery vaginally when possible,” Dr. Nassar added.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services adopted the Healthy People 2020 target of reducing nationwide C-section rates for low-risk, first births to 23.9 percent. Even for these types of low-risk pregnancies, there are huge variations in rates of C-sections among hospitals in California, ranging from less than 15 percent to more than 70 percent.

California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) stated that the C-section Honor Roll used 2017 hospital discharge and birth certificate data from 240 California hospitals that offer maternity services. A total of 122 hospitals made the list this year compared to 111 in 2017.

“This additional recognition is further testament of our quality and patient safety focus,” said Karen Paolinelli, Chief Executive Officer, Madera Community Hospital. “Madera Community Hospital’s Smart Care designation benefits the infants, new mothers, and families within the communities we serve,” Paolinelli added.

About Madera Community Hospital

Our 106 bed General Acute Care hospital was founded in 1971 by a group of citizens committed to providing quality emergency and hospital services to Madera County residents. Today Madera Community Hospital is the County’s premier health system providing integrated care through access to primary medical service with Rural Health Clinics in Chowchilla and Madera including 22 medical specialties. Madera Community Hospital has received numerous awards for Labor and Delivery Care, Orthopedic Surgery and is nationally recognized for excellent patient satisfaction and low hospital acquired infection rates. Madera Community Hospital is accredited by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program. Visit for more information about Madera Community Hospital’s safety and quality scores.