FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 18, 2014
Contact: Joy Alexiou
Public Information Office
Improving Prenatal Care
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Featured in National Study
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. This week Santa Clara County was named as one of the healthiest counties for kids in the United States in US News. The paper’s ranking, America’s 50 Healthiest Counties for Kids, represents a national, county-level assessment of how health and environmental factors affect the well-being of children younger than 18. It highlights counties that have fewer infant deaths, fewer low birth weight babies, fewer deaths from injuries, fewer teen births, and fewer children in poverty.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services launched a national set of initiatives to improve prenatal care, and the Essential Hospitals Institute identified successful strategies for reducing premature birth in safety net settings. Prematurity is the leading cause of newborn death in the United States and brings severe health consequences for mothers and babies.
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center’s was recognized in the Essential Hospitals Institute report as a leader of innovation in prenatal care that results in healthier mothers and babies. Examples of the outstanding care for women and children provided at SCVMC include:
- Innovative and effective strategies help to overcome complex prenatal care challenges, resulting in better care, lower costs, and improved population health. The national report specifically mentioned SCVMC’s robust prenatal genetic testing and counseling department. Proactive disease management begins early with families who have babies at risk for complex diseases. (text box on page 6 of attached)
- SCVMC and the County of Santa Clara are recognized for Committed Leadership, Effective Operations, Continuous Learning and Improvement, and Patient, Family, and Community Engagement. As an example, SCVMC was one of the first hospitals in the nation to provide universal screening for congenital heart disease within 24 hours after birth using newborn oxygen levels. Testing and follow-up services of the newborn screening program is designed to provide early diagnosis and treatment before significant, irreversible damage occurs.
As an essential hospital, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center fills a safety net role in the community and provides excellent care to the residents of this community, including the youngest among us. The prenatal care and care of newborn infants at SCVMC contributes to Santa Clara County being named one of the healthiest counties for kids.
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