BRENTWOOD, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--November is Prematurity Awareness Month, and the March of Dimes is proud to recognize LifePoint Health® (NASDAQ: LPNT) for giving babies across the country a healthier start to life. This November, 30 LifePoint facilities will be recognized for successfully reducing the number of elective inductions and cesarean deliveries performed before 39 weeks of pregnancy to less than one percent (1%) of all deliveries.
“We’re so proud of our facilities and the dedication of our physicians and nurses across the country,” said Russell Holman, MD, chief medical officer of LifePoint Health. “They’ve embraced the need to address the problems associated with early elective deliveries, and have implemented practices and processes aimed at reducing unnecessary inductions. They’ve also taken great care to educate patients on the importance of going full-term. This is yet another powerful way we are making communities healthier.”
The facilities earning recognition include:
- Andalusia Health, Andalusia, Ala.
- Ashley Regional Medical Center, Vernal, Utah
- Bolivar Medical Center, Cleveland, Miss.
- Castleview Hospital, Price, Utah
- Central Carolina Hospital, Sanford, N.C.
- Clark Memorial Hospital, Jeffersonville, Ind.
- Clark Regional Medical Center, Winchester, Ky.
- Clinch Valley Medical Center, Richlands, Va.
- Colorado Plains Medical Center, Fort Morgan, Colo.
- Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown, Pa.
- Georgetown Community Hospital, Georgetown, Ky.
- Harris Regional Hospital, Sylva, N.C.
- Havasu Regional Medical Center, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
- Haywood Regional Medical Center, Clyde, N.C.
- Jackson Purchase Medical Center, Mayfield, Ky.
- Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, Somerset, Ky.
- UP Health System – Marquette, Marquette, Mich.
- UP Health System – Portage, Hancock, Mich.
- Rockdale Medical Center, Conyers, Ga.
- Rutherford Regional Health System, Rutherfordton, N.C.
- Scott Memorial Hospital, Scottsburg, Ind.
- Southern Tennessee Regional Health System (STRHS) – Lawrenceburg, Lawrenceburg, Tenn.
- STRHS – Pulaski, Pulaski, Tenn.
- Spring View Hospital, Lebanon, Ky.
- St. Francis Hospital, Columbus, Ga.
- Sumner Regional Medical Center, Gallatin, Tenn.
- Teche Regional Medical Center, Morgan City, La.
- Twin County Regional Healthcare, Galax, Va.
- Valley View Medical Center, Fort Mohave, Ariz.
- Vaughan Regional Medical Center, Selma, Ala.
“The last weeks of pregnancy are critical, as babies aren’t just putting on weight; they are undergoing important development of the brain, lungs and other vital organs,” says Edward R.B. McCabe, MD, PhD, March of Dimes senior vice president and chief medical officer. “This is a tremendous accomplishment, and we commend LifePoint Health and these facilities for being a champion for babies with their quality improvement efforts.”
Babies born even just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization and illness than full-term infants, according to the March of Dimes. Although the overall threat is small, the risk of death more than doubles for infants born at 37 weeks of pregnancy when compared to babies born at 40 weeks, for all races and ethnicities. Babies who survive an early birth are at higher risk of facing lifelong health challenges, such as breathing problems, cerebral palsy and learning disabilities.
Key to the hospitals’ success has been helping to educate communities that “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait.” To help the facilities raise awareness, March of Dimes provided participating LifePoint hospitals with both professional and consumer education materials about the critical importance of full-term pregnancy to the health and well-being of babies.
LifePoint is committed to this important work and will continue supporting its facilities with tools, resources and strategies that will help them reduce early elective deliveries. The goal is for all LifePoint facilities to achieve this milestone and recognition in future years.
About the March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our shareyourstory.org community to find comfort and support. For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit persistats.org. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. A wealth of educational video resources is available on our YouTube channel.
About LifePoint Health
LifePoint Health® (NASDAQ: LPNT) is a leading healthcare company dedicated to Making Communities Healthier®. Through its subsidiaries, it provides quality inpatient, outpatient and post-acute services close to home. LifePoint owns and operates community hospitals, regional health systems, physician practices, outpatient centers, and post-acute facilities in 22 states. It is the sole community healthcare provider in the majority of the non-urban communities it serves. More information about the company can be found at www.LifePointHealth.net. All references to "LifePoint," "LifePoint Health" or the "Company" used in this release refer to affiliates or subsidiaries of LifePoint Health, Inc.