10,000th Baby Born at Sacramento’s Newest ‘Baby Hospital’
SACRAMENTO – Just a month into 2017, and two birth milestones have been reached at Sacramento’s newest “baby hospital.”
The 10,000th mother was delivered on Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center on the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento campus. That followed the news that on Jan. 20, the 10,000th baby was born (counting all babies delivered, including multiples). Both milestones occurred less than 18 months after the new facility opened and birthing services were moved from the grand dame of maternity centers, Sutter Memorial Hospital.
The total number of babies for 2016 – the first full year for the Women’s and Children’s Center – was 6,844, making it the second highest number of births in one year at Sutter Medical Center in its 93-year existence. The record is 6,995 during 1993 at Sutter Memorial Hospital, when the nation was going through a baby boom of sorts. During Sutter Memorial’s last full year, 2014, there were 5,438 babies born.
However, 2016 did set a record – for most babies born in one month. In August 2016, 627 babies were delivered.
The Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center still has a ways to go in eclipsing the baby totals for Sutter Memorial Hospital, which recorded 348,089 births in its 78-year existence. But it is off to quite a start!
“It was a busy year for us, but also incredibly rewarding,” said Tamara Powers, Sutter Medical Center Assistant Administrator for Women’s and Children’s Services. “Our team has accomplished so much in such a short amount of time. What makes Sutter Medical Center the best place to have a baby is the entire team who is committed to making each family’s delivery experience unique and special for them.”
Not only are more babies being born, but Sutter Medical Center continues to be a shining light in quality measures as compared to national averages. Here are some:
- The C-section rate at Sutter Medical Center in 2016 was 23.2 percent, three full percentage points lower than the national average, according to The Joint Commission.
- Exclusive breast milk feeding is 62.7 percent, compared to TJC’s national average of 51.8 percent.
- The infant survival rate for very low birthweight babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, at 87.2 percent, is better than the national average of 85.4 percent.
- And chronic lung disease is just 17.1 percent; nationally, average is 26 percent, according to the Vermont Oxford Network, whose mission is to improve neonatal care nationally and globally.
“We are proud of our quality, and we will continue to ensure that we meet or exceed the quality standards for women’s services,” Powers said.
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