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November 2019 - Volume 16 - Issue 5

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Good Samaritan Medical Center Recognized for Reducing C-section Deliveries for Low Risk Mothers 2019

November 7  2019 - Good Samaritan Medical Center is honored by the Agency for Health Care Administration, and the Florida Department of Health, for being one of 19 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 the Special Deliveries program at Good Samaritan as the hospital of choice to welcome a baby,” said Chief Executive Officer, Tara McCoy.  “We honor and respect all expectant mom’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 more 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 mothers 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. 
 
 
About Good Samaritan Medical Center
Good Samaritan Medical Center is a 333-bed acute care hospital providing sophisticated, personalized medical care to Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast for over 95 years. 
 
As one of the area’s leading oncology centers, the hospital’s Cancer Institute provides general and highly specialized cancer services and is accredited by the Commission on Cancer, a program of the American College of Surgeons. Good Samaritan Medical Center’s Breast Institute is designated by the American College of Surgeons as a National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a designation reserved for breast centers that achieve high standards across the most effective breast cancer treatments. The Breast Institute is also a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.
 
Additional services include general and robotic surgical options through the hospital’s Surgical Institute, a Certified Primary Stroke Center, 24-hour emergency care, advanced cardiac care through the Cardiac and Vascular Institute, diagnostic imaging, maternity services and a Sleep Disorders Center. Good Samaritan is also home to The Palms Medical Detoxification, one of a select few hospital-based medically supervised alcohol and drug detoxification centers.
 
Good Samaritan Medical Center has been recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for two consecutive years and earned Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. The hospital was also the recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for three years in a row (2014-2016) and is a designated Center of Excellence for Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery™.
 
To learn more about Good Samaritan Medical Center, or for a complimentary physician referral, visit www.goodsamaritanmc.com or call 561-650-6023.
 
 
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