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Updated: 07/17/2014 08:00:01AM

DMH honored for birth practices

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PHOTO BY DEVIN LACAVA

DeSoto Memorial Hospital was one of only seven Florida hospitals to receive an award from the March of Dimes and the Florida District of the American Congress of Obstreticians and Gynecologists for reducing the number of early elective inductions and cesarean deliveries. Celebrating the honor are, from left, front row: Nikki Schuster RN, Darlene Arvelo RN, Amy Zinke RN/Clinical Manager, and Dr. Fawn Harrison. Back row: Dr. Dan Teodorescu, Dr. Mark Williams from ACOG, Dr. Kayum Mohammadbhoy, Vince Sica hospital CEO, and Trent Howe representing March of Dimes.

By KRISTEN SPAHR

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DeSoto Memorial Hospital was honored by the March of Dimes and the Florida District XII of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for reducing the number of early elective inductions and cesarean deliveries with a special recognition banner. The hospital recently met the criteria to qualify for this distinction, which includes achieving a rate for elective deliveries before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy of 5 percent or lower and having policies to prevent such deliveries.

“We’re proud of our expert team of physicians and nurses who tackled this issue in our community and established policies to avoid scheduling deliveries before 39 weeks of pregnancy, except when medically necessary,” said Vincent A. Sica, CEO.

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