Barton Health has earned industry acknowledgment for providing consistently exceptional maternity care in Obstetrics.

Barton Memorial Hospital was recently recognized as having one of the lowest Cesarean section rate birthing in the state in 2017. The health system additionally received a Blue Distinction® Center for Maternity Care designation, for improved patient safety and better health outcomes for mothers and babies.

"These designations are a testament to the quality of our compassionate, hardworking team of health care providers," said Dr. Clint Purvance, Barton Health CEO. "We take pride in our hospital's low C-section rate, while also providing our patients with state-of-the-art technology and excellent OB/GYN surgeons when a Cesarean birth is needed."

According to the California Health and Human Services Agency, Barton Memorial Hospital has one of the lowest 2017 C-section rates of birthing hospitals in the state. One hundred and eleven California hospitals met or surpassed the federal target of ≤23.9 percent.

The low-risk, first birth C-section rate varies widely among California hospitals, from less than 15 percent to more than 60 percent.

Reinforcing Barton Health's commitment to quality care, Barton Memorial Hospital has met the annual designation requirements as a Blue Distinction® Center for Maternity Care. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated hospitals that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies program evaluates hospitals on quality measures for vaginal and cesarean delivery, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community.

Barton Health offers a variety of Women's Health services in addition to its Family Birthing Center and Obstetrics and Gynecology department. For more information on monthly support groups, wellness lectures, and to make an appointment, visit or call 530-543-5711.

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