Riverside University Health System Commended for C-section Reductions

Riverside University Health System Commended for C-section Reductions

Moreno Valley, CA


Riverside University Health System Medical Center in Moreno Valley was recently recognized by Smart Care California for achieving a C-section rate below 23.9 percent for first-time deliveries. 

Riverside University Health System (RUHS) successfully reduced its rate of C-sections from 21 to 19.3 percent. This is an accomplishment of considerable note when compared to the success of other hospitals in the state working to reduce their rate of C-section deliveries. According to Smart Care California, fewer than half of the 244 maternity hospitals in California have managed to meet the organization’s goal of 23.9 percent or fewer C-sections for first time deliveries. 

Today, nearly 32 percent of all babies born in the United States are delivered by cesarean section. Although many are the result of medical complications during delivery, a number of C-sections are elective. Smart Care recognizes facilities like RUHS for their focus on best practices for new mothers and their babies.

Cesarean births have increased gradually over the past 30 plus years. Women who undergo C-sections are subject to the same risks associated with any type of abdominal surgery including but not limited to infection, hemorrhage or increased blood loss, injury to organs adhesions, etc. 

Smart Care is a public-private partnership that supports safe and accessible healthcare. Counted among its members are the California Department of Health Care Services, Covered California and the California Public Employees Retirement System.

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