Advocate South Suburban Hospital has been recognized by for its efforts to improve the health of babies born at the Hazel Crest hospital by eliminating early elective baby deliveries and elective cesarean sections,according to a news release from the hospital.
The Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative recently issued the hospital a letter of commendation for reducing its early elective delivery rate, before 39 weeks of pregnancy, to the ILPQC’s goal of less than 5 percent. In fact, Advocate South Suburban Hospital has cut its early induction rate to zero.
In the past few years, science has shown that induction, before 39 weeks increases complications with the mother and their babies. Research suggests that important development takes place for a baby’s brain and lungs during the last few weeks of a normal 40-week pregnancy.
Yet, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), early elective deliveries — which include inductions and planned Cesarean sections that are not medically necessary — still account for 10 to 15 percent of all deliveries nationally.
“As it has become clear that less elective births are safer for our moms and babies, we successfully committed to taking that number to zero,” said Richard Multack, DO, vice president of medical management at Advocate South Suburban Hospital. “We are very proud to be honored for our use of evidence-based, best practices to protect newborns and their moms.”
In addition to improving health outcomes, Advocate South Suburban Hospital’s commitment to minimizing elective births also help control rising health care costs.
According to the March of Dimes, women undergoing induced labor are twice as likely to need a C-section, which poses a high risk to maternal and fetal health. These high risks include post-delivery hemorrhage, premature birth and infection. Complications during delivery can add almost $1,000 to the cost of care, and sometimes nearly $2,000 for a C-section.
ILPQC was formed in late 2012 upon the recommendation of the Illinois Perinatal Advisory Committee Prematurity Task Force to the Illinois Legislature. The Task Force recommended a statewide perinatal quality collaborative to work with the Illinois Regionalized Perinatal System to implement quality improvement initiatives.
ILPQC, and their many renowned collaborators and stakeholders, provide evidence-based, data-driven quality improvement support and resources to the hospitals.
ILPQC’s recognition helps Advocate continue to prosper and work towards eliminating early elective delivery here at South Suburban Hospital proving Illinois to be an even better place to be born.