On March 11, 2014 San Dimas Community Hospital and Montclair Hospital Medical Center received the Zero Hero Award from Patient Safety First for maintaining zero Early Elective Deliveries in 2013.
In 2010, a statewide program was established by Anthem Blue Cross, the National Health Foundation, and regional hospital associations called Patient Safety First. The goal is to improve both the quality and consistency of healthcare reducing unnecessary early infant deliveries.
Early Elective Deliveries (EED) are non-medically indicated cesarean sections or induced deliveries before 39 completed weeks and after 37 completed weeks of gestation. Convenience is often the reason for an EED – wanting to have your baby a specific day or waiting for family to be in town. Numerous studies have shown that there are increased neonatal and maternal complications for both mothers and newborns with an early elective delivery. Babies born at 37 or 38 weeks have at least a 50% higher mortality rate than those born at 39 or 40 weeks and are more likely to have developmental problems. Both San Dimas Community Hospital and Montclair Hospital Medical Center received the Zero Hero award for zero early elective deliveries for the entire year of 2013. "We strive to provide a positive birthing experience and individualized care for every patient and family," says Penny Mount, Director of the Birthplace at both SDCH and MHMC. "It is because of the hard work and dedication of the staff that makes this award possible."
Having a baby is one of the most exciting events in your life. At SDCH our team of skilled physicians and nurses are ready to assist patients during every stage of their pregnancy – and after their delivery too. We offer a wide range of classes taught by nurses, physicians and other professionals who can help prepare you for your pregnancy, birth and parenting. For more information on our family birth center, visit www.Sandimashospital.com or call us at (909) 599-6811.