Providence Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Earns Distinction for High Performance in Maternity Care

September 14, 2023 Providence News Team

Santa Rosa, Calif. (September 14, 2023) Providence Santa Rosa Memorial’s Family Birth Center has been named to the Cal Hospital Compare Maternity Care Honor Roll. This year’s award reflects calendar year 2022 hospital discharge and birth certificate data from 211 hospitals that offer maternity services and participated in the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) Maternal Data Centers.

Santa Rosa Memorial was among 107 hospitals that met or surpassed the statewide target aimed at reducing births via C-sections in first-time mothers with low-risk pregnancies to less than 23.6%.

Santa Rosa Memorial exceeded the calendar-year target with a rate of 21.1% in 2022. In addition, we performed better than the national average rates for exclusive breastfeeding (at 89.5%), vaginal birth after C-section (at 33.3%) and episiotomy (at 0%) in 2022.

“This recognition reflects our team's collaboration and commitment to identifying and implementing best practices that make a difference for new mothers.," said Chuck Kassis, chief executive. “We know that overuse of cesarean sections (C-sections) can result in higher rates of complications for mothers and there are risks for babies as well. I am incredibly proud of our team for their dedication to reducing unnecessary C-sections." 

Over the past eight years, California hospitals have made steady improvement in low-risk C-section rates. As a result of this improvement, an estimated 36,852 low-risk C-sections were avoided during this period, from 2014 to 2022.

Click here to learn more about the Maternity Care Honor Roll.

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About Providence Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital  
Providence, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital is a nonprofit, full-service, 338-bed health care facility. Services include cancer, cardiac, critical care, emergency/a level II trauma center, maternity and infant care; neurosciences; orthopaedics; pediatrics, the neonatal intensive care nursery, and more. The hospital works collaboratively with other hospitals within Providence, as well as numerous outpatient facilities, affiliated physicians, home and community care, and Providence Medical Group providers, to ensure patients receive the highest level of care, close to home. For more information, visit 

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