On March 11, 2014 San Dimas Community Hospital and Montclair Hospital Medical
Center received the Zero Hero Award from Patient Safety First for maintaining
zero Early Elective Deliveries in 2013.
In 2010, a statewide program was established by Anthem Blue Cross, the
National Health Foundation, and regional hospital associations called
Patient Safety First. The goal is to improve both the quality and consistency
of healthcare reducing unnecessary early infant deliveries.
Early Elective Deliveries (EED) are non-medically indicated cesarean sections
or induced deliveries before 39 completed weeks and after 37 completed
weeks of gestation. Convenience is often the reason for an EED –
wanting to have your baby a specific day or waiting for family to be in
town. Numerous studies have shown that there are increased neonatal and
maternal complications for both mothers and newborns with an early elective
delivery. Babies born at 37 or 38 weeks have at least a 50% higher mortality
rate than those born at 39 or 40 weeks and are more likely to have developmental
problems. Both San Dimas Community Hospital and Montclair Hospital Medical
Center received the Zero Hero award for zero early elective deliveries
for the entire year of 2013. "We strive to provide a positive birthing
experience and individualized care for every patient and family,"
says Penny Mount, Director of the Birthplace at both SDCH and MHMC. "It
is because of the hard work and dedication of the staff that makes this
Having a baby is one of the most exciting events in your life. At MHMC
our team of skilled physicians and nurses are ready to assist patients
during every stage of their pregnancy – and after their delivery
too. We offer a wide range of classes taught by nurses, physicians and
other professionals who can help prepare you for your pregnancy, birth
and parenting. For more information on our family birth center, visit
www.Montclairhospital.org or call us at (909) 625-5411.