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GSMC Recognized for Reducing C-section Deliveries

Sep 28, 2018

West Palm Beach, Fla.-September 28th 2018-Good Samaritan Medical Center is honored by the Agency for Health Care Administration, and the Florida Department of Health, for being one of 20 delivery hospitals in the state of Florida achieving the national Healthy People 2020 recognition.  One objective of this program is to reduce cesarean section deliveries for first-time mothers with low-risk pregnancies. 

“Our team’s exceptional efforts to reduce our C-section rate is just one more reason our community can feel confident to select Good Samaritan as their hospital of choice to welcome a baby,” said Chief Executive Officer, Tara McCoy.  “We honor and respect all expectant mother’s birth plans, but it is our goal to use and integrate evidence-based practices to help ensure the best and safest experience possible.”

While rare, cesarean births can carry risks, and hospitals are working to reduce cesarean section births for low risk and first time mothers unless it’s necessary.  Good Samaritan Medical Center reduced its cesarean rate to 23.9%.  The national average is 26%, while the state average is just over 31%. 

At the Special Deliveries Unit at Good Samaritan Medical Center, the goal is to provide women with comforting, personalized care, before, during and after the birth of a child. Our highly skilled doctors, nurses and technicians focus on the mother’s needs and the needs of her newborn. During their hospital stay, new moms are offered advice and support from our specially trained staff as well as a visit from an internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). 

At Special Deliveries, we do our best to ease concerns by offering specialized nurses on staff 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, as well as a Board Certified anesthesiologist and neonatologist available 24 hours a day. In the event a baby has special needs, the unit also offers a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. 

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