Cape Coral Hospital Recognized for Reducing Early Elective Deliveries by March of Dimes and American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

(Cape Coral, Fla. – March 29, 2017) – Cape Coral Hospital was honored by the March of Dimes and the Florida District (District XII) of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) for reducing the number of early elective inductions and cesarean deliveries with a special recognition banner. The hospital recently met the criteria to qualify for this distinction, which includes achieving a rate for elective deliveries before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy of 5 percent or lower and that they have policies in place to prevent such deliveries.

“We’re proud of our expert team of physicians and nurses who tackled this issue in our community and established policies to avoid scheduling deliveries before 39 weeks of pregnancy, except when medically necessary,” said Scott Kashman, Chief Acute Care Officer, Lee Health.

“We are delighted to present this commemorative banner to Cape Coral Hospital for adhering to standards that directly benefit the health of babies,” said Dr. Karen Harris, Chair of the Maternal & Child Health Committee. “The last few weeks of pregnancy are extremely important for the baby’s brain and lung development, among other organs, so we want to commend this momentous achievement.”

“Studies have shown that deliveries that are scheduled for convenience or other non-medical reasons may increase harm to infants, increase health care costs, and worsen medical outcomes,” said Dr. Robert Yelverton, Chair of ACOG District XII. “We are extremely pleased with Cape Coral Hospital’s participation.”

March of Dimes and ACOG District XII have also worked with the Florida Hospital Association, the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative and other partners to provide resources and support to hospitals across the state. This joint effort enabled many hospitals to make great progress in reducing their rates of early elective delivery.

Reducing early elective deliveries and improving the health of moms and babies is just one of the key focus areas of the March of Dimes and their “Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait” campaign. In an average week in Florida 430 babies are born preterm and 27 die before their first birthday, many times as a result of their early births. Early elective deliveries can cause lifelong health challenges for the baby, including breathing difficulty, cerebral palsy, and learning disabilities. Even babies born just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization and illness than full-term infants.

Cutline (l to r): Wendy Piascik, VP of Patient Care Services; Nancy Travis, Nursing Director, Women’s Care Center, Cape Coral Hospital; and Trent Howe, Exec. Director of Market Development for March of Dimes of Southwest Florida.


About March of Dimes:

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For more information, visit marchofdimes.org.

About Lee Health

Since the opening of the first hospital in 1916, Lee Health has been a health care leader in Southwest Florida, constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. A non-profit, integrated health care services organization, Lee Health is committed to the well-being of every individual served, focused on healthy living and maintaining good health. Staffed by caring people, inspiring health, services are conveniently located throughout the community in four acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers, primary care and specialty physician practices and other services across the continuum of care. Learn more at www.LeeHealth.org


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