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FLORIDA AWARD PROGRAM FOR SAFELY REDUCING PRIMARY C-SECTIONS

FLORIDA’S AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION
AND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

in partnership with

key stakeholders and community partners in the State of Florida

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

2017 Award for Reduction in C-Section RateThe Agency for Health Care Administration and the Florida Department of Health commend hospitals for achieving the Healthy People 2020 (HP2020) primary C-section goal as a milestone of success. While life-saving in certain cases, cesarean sections (C-sections) can pose serious health risks to mothers and babies. Once a woman has a cesarean, she has a greater chance of having a C-section for subsequent births, increasing her risk of major birth complications. For the baby, some of the consequences can include longer hospital stays in the neonatal intensive care unit, as well as higher rates of respiratory infection. Research supports the importance of employing a collective impact approach and mobilizing community partnerships that work to reduce maternal and infant morbidity and mortality. Partners are focused on ensuring quality care for mothers and babies by encouraging vaginal deliveries to help reduce low-risk, primary C-sections.

Benefits of this program include:
  • Public recognition for meeting the federal HP2020 goal for reducing low-risk, primary C-sections¬†
  • Recognition as a delivery hospital that provides quality maternal and infant care
  • Improved quality of care for mothers and babies
  • Increased participation and engagement from delivery hospitals
  • Free promotional guide to highlight hospital’s achievement

Requirements for participation:

The program supports federal and state efforts for improving Maternal and Infant Health.  The HP2020 goal for reducing low-risk, primary C-section deliveries is used as the recommended rate for optimal quality in evidence-based maternal and infant health care practices.
  • Must be a delivery hospital in Florida
  • Must be a non-military delivery hospital
  • Hospitals must achieve the HP2020 goal of C-section rates at or below 23.9 percent
  • Must have greater than or equal to (>) 100 total deliveries

View 2017 Hospital C-Section Honorees List [565KB PDF]