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Hospitals Recognized for Reducing C-Sections
111 birthing hospitals to receive Smart Care California awards

California Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley today recognized hospitals for reducing cesarean births for first-time mothers with low-risk pregnancies. The state named 111 hospitals to its 2017 Hospital C-Section Honor Roll, representing 45 percent of the 242 California birthing hospitals that achieved the Healthy People 2020 target of 23.9 percent or fewer low-risk, first-birth cesarean deliveries.

Dooley 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 early February.

The agency’s press release, which quotes Hospital Quality Institute President and CEO Julie Morath, is attached.