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Statement Regarding the Release of The Leapfrog Group’s Report on Elective Deliveries

Statement By: Bud Wethington, President and CEO, Capital Regional Medical Center

“Capital Regional Medical Center is committed to providing the highest quality of care for all of our patients. As a part of that commitment, we are dedicated to ensuring that every newborn is provided the opportunity for a healthy start. Today, the hospital quality watchdog, The Leapfrog Group, released new information regarding the risks of delivering babies too early, including the risks of death, being admitted to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or developing life-long health problems. As a part of the Hospital Corporation of America, Capital Regional Medical Center is proud to be recognized as a leader in preventing premature deliveries. Capital Regional is the only hospital in Tallahassee to report our elective delivery statistics to The Leapfrog Group, making information more readily available for future mothers and the public.

“To develop fully, including ensuring the brain and organs are fully functional, babies need at least 39 weeks in the womb. As a part of our commitment to healthy babies, Capital Regional Medical Center will not schedule elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks.   Since implementing our policy in 2009, we have been 100% compliant.  

“Elective deliveries are rising all over the country, but we are doing our part to keep these numbers down.  We appreciate The Leapfrog Group for bringing this important issue to light and look forward to working with the Big Bend Community to ensure all babies are given the opportunity to develop properly.”

Capital Regional Medical Center provides the highest quality healthcare in the area. Our comprehensive approach to healthcare includes providing state-of-the art medical services for prevention, early detection and treatment featuring the area’s only 3D HD daVinci Surgical System, the Capital Regional Cancer Center, housing the area’s only TomoTherpy Unit for cancer treatment, the Comprehensive Breast Center and Tallahassee’s first heart center.  Capital Regional is the only hospital in Tallahassee that makes its ER wait times available to the public encouraging more than 70,000 people chose the Capital Regional Medical Center emergency room each year when seconds count.

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