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California Hospitals Recognized for Reducing Cesarean Section Births
122 birthing hospitals to receive Smart Care California awards

California Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Wilkening today recognized hospitals for reducing cesarean births for first-time mothers with low-risk pregnancies. The state named 122 hospitals to its 2017 Hospital C-Section Honor Roll, representing 51 percent of California’s 240 birthing hospitals. This is an increase of nearly 10 percent over last year, when 111 hospitals were named to the honor roll. The honorees met the Healthy People 2020 target of 23.9 percent or fewer low-risk, first-birth cesarean deliveries.

Wilkening announced the achievement awards on behalf of Smart Care California, a coalition of public and private health care purchasers that collectively covers 16 million people statewide, or 40 percent of all Californians. Certificates will be mailed to CEOs of the recognized hospitals in November.

The agency’s press release and a list of the recognized hospitals are attached.