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FLORIDA AWARD PROGRAM FOR SAFELY REDUCING CESAREAN SECTIONS

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

in partnership with
Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative and the Florida Hospital Association

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

2018 Award for Reduction in C-Section RateOverview
The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and the Florida Department of Health commend hospitals for achieving the Healthy People 2020 (HP2020) target goal of 23.9 percent for first-time low-risk, primary C-sections as a milestone of success. The program aligns with federal and state efforts for improving maternal and infant health outcomes. Research reveals that 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. Stakeholders are focused on ensuring quality care for mothers and babies by encouraging safe deliveries to help reduce unnecessary primary C-sections.

Program Benefits:
  • Recognition as a delivery hospital that provides quality maternal and infant care
  • Improvements in quality perinatal care
  • Public recognition for meeting the federal HP2020 first-time low-risk, primary C-section goal
  • Free promotional guide to highlight hospital’s achievement
  • Highlight achievement with a seal of excellence on AHCA’s Florida Health Finder hospital provider profiles
Program Requirements:
  • Must be a delivery hospital in Florida
  • Must be a non-military delivery hospital
  • Must have greater than or equal to (>) 100 total deliveries
  • Hospitals must achieve the HP2020 target goal of first-time low-risk, primary C-sections at or below 23.9 percent

View 2019 Hospital C-section Honorees List [183KB PDF]
View 2018 Hospital C-section Honorees List [195KB PDF]
View 2017 Hospital C-Section Honorees List [565KB PDF]