Consumer Reports

May 16th, 2017

JPS gets top marks for one of the nation’s lowest C-section rates.

A Consumer Reports analysis of C-section rates among U.S. hospitals has ranked JPS Health Network as among the best hospitals in the country, with a C-section rate below the national target for low-risk births and lower than other hospitals in North Texas.

About a third of all babies born in the United States are delivered by cesarean section, which Consumer Reports says is the most common surgery performed in U.S. hospitals. At JPS, only 18 percent of babies are delivered by C-section. The federal Department of Health and Human Services has set a national goal of 23.9 percent.

“Research suggests that for childbirth, women pick their doctor first, not their hospital. Our goal is to get women thinking about the hospital, too, since the hospital you choose can play a big role in determining your risk of a C-section,” said Doris Peter, Ph.D., director of Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center.

“We take the financial piece out of it, the politics out of it, and look at what’s the best thing for the patient when she comes into the hospital to give birth.”

Pat Alridge, executive director

JPS Women’s Services

“Most hospitals are doing far too many unnecessary C-sections and women, armed with this data, can help Consumer Reports send a message to hospitals that we want them to improve,” Peter said.

C-section rates vary geographically. West Virginia, Florida, Louisiana and Nebraska all had C-section rates of 30 percent or more. States with the lowest C-section rates — below 18.5 percent — were South Dakota, Idaho, New Mexico and Minnesota.

The study found even more variation among hospitals, even hospitals in the same city. “A woman’s chances of a C-section can depend on which side of town she lives. Even within the same neighborhood you see variation from hospital to hospital,” said Peter, citing Fort Worth as an example.

The 18.5 percent C-section rate at JPS compares with a 34 percent C-section rate at a hospital less than two miles away.

Here’s what Consumer Reports says about JPS:

“JPS Health Network, which receives CR’s top rating, says that while they care for a challenging, high-risk population with more Medicaid patients and more medical problems than those of most other hospitals, they focus on individual patients when deciding when a C-section is really needed.

“’We take the financial piece out of it, the politics out of it, and look at what’s the best thing for the patient when she comes into the hospital to give birth,’ says Pat Alridge, RN, executive director for Women’s Services. Alridge also says that, unlike some hospitals, JPS has OBs on the delivery floor 24 hours a day.”


Share this article!