Pennsylvania Department of Health Releases 2008 Hospital Cesarean Rates

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health released its 2008 Birth and Death Statistics. Of the 148,464 total live births in Pennsylvania in 2008, 45,822 were cesarean sections and 2,486 of the births were vaginal births after a previous cesarean. The state’s overall cesarean rate in 2008 was 30.9 percent.

Fifty hospitals in Pennsylvania had a cesarean rate higher than the national average of 31.8 percent, with eleven hospitals performing cesarean sections on 40 percent or more of their patients. Two hospitals, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Clarion Hospital in Clarion County exceeded a 50 percent cesarean rate in 2008, reporting rates of 66 percent and 53.6 percent, respectively.

At Jennersville Regional Hospital in Chester, 78.8 percent of women delivered vaginally, giving the hospital the distinction of having the highest vaginal birth rate after freestanding birth centers and other out of hospital births.

 

 

Hospital Births Total C/S VBAC C/S Rate
  148,464 45,822 2,486 30.9%
         
Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia 94 62 1 66.0%
Clarion Hospital 375 201 0 53.6%
Allegheny General Hospital 1,316 638 23 48.5%
Bradford Regional Medical Center 305 139 0 45.6%
Geisinger Wyoming Valley 1,116 471 10 42.2%
Main Line Hospital Lankenau 2,220 929 19 41.8%
Lower Bucks Hospital 1,137 475 8 41.8%
Nesbitt Memorial Hospital 1,408 585 17 41.5%
Berwick Hospital Center 126 52 1 41.3%
Doylestown Hospital 1,327 544 3 41.0%
Ellwood City Hospital 285 114 1 40.0%
Elk Regional Health Center 197 78 0 39.6%
Main Line Hospital Paoli 2,232 859 17 38.5%
Montgomery Hospital 693 265 11 38.2%
Armstrong County Memorial Hospital 691 262 9 37.9%
St Clair Memorial Hospital 1,170 441 7 37.7%
Saint Vincent Health Center 2,389 899 46 37.6%
Hamot Medical Center 1,014 381 9 37.6%
Milton S Hershey Medical Center 1,709 640 29 37.4%
Geisinger Medical Center 1,677 628 19 37.4%
PA Hospital of the University of PA 4,986 1,864 99 37.4%
Evangelical Community Hospital 1,056 393 18 37.2%
Ohio Valley General Hospital 308 114 0 37.0%
Heart of Lancaster Reg Medical Center 244 89 1 36.5%
Tyler Memorial Hospital 209 76 1 36.4%
St Luke’s Hospital Bethlehem 2,788 1,002 54 35.9%
Mercy Suburban Hospital Norristown 640 230 2 35.9%
Dubois Regional Medical Center 1,026 368 8 35.9%
UPMC Bedford 290 104 6 35.9%
Heritage Valley Sewickley 888 318 9 35.8%
St Mary Medical Center 1,775 635 8 35.8%
Easton Hospital 636 226 4 35.5%
Holy Redeemer Hospital & Medical Center 2,842 1,008 30 35.5%
Hazleton General Hospital 614 216 3 35.2%
St Luke’s Hospital Allentown 1,417 496 23 35.0%
Bloomsburg Hospital 303 106 5 35.0%
Grand View Hospital 1,459 509 2 34.9%
Abington Memorial Hospital 5,143 1,778 85 34.6%
Mercy Jeannette Hospital 113 39 0 34.5%
Crozer Chester Medical Center 2,053 705 31 34.3%
Main Line Hospital Bryn Mawr 1,921 653 16 34.0%
Brandywine Hospital 239 81 0 33.9%
Carlisle Regional Medical Center 395 133 2 33.7%
York Hospital 3,065 1,031 57 33.6%
Grove City Medical Center 257 86 2 33.5%
Punxsutawney Area Hospital 135 45 0 33.3%
Moses Taylor Hospital 2,805 934 40 33.3%
UPMC Mercy 1,390 457 18 32.9%
Riddle Memorial Hospital 905 297 13 32.8%
Windber Hospital 312 102 3 32.7%
Williamsport Hospital & Medical Center 1,168 373 21 31.9%
Memorial Hospital Inc Towanda 193 61 0 31.6%
Uniontown Hospital 959 303 12 31.6%
Pottstown Memorial Medical Center 761 239 13 31.4%
Western Pennsylvania Hospital 2,684 841 66 31.3%
Meadville Medical Center 559 175 1 31.3%
Schuylkill Medical Ctr-S Jackson St 1,178 368 6 31.2%
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital 298 93 0 31.2%
Lancaster General Hospital 5,077 1,556 83 30.6%
Sacred Heart Hospital 291 89 3 30.6%
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital 2,123 649 53 30.6%
Temple University Hospital 2,493 761 45 30.5%
Western PA Hospital Forbes Regional Campus 944 286 10 30.3%
Lewistown Hospital 560 168 14 30.0%
Pinnacle Health Hospitals 4,344 1,302 15 30.0%
Millcreek Community 218 65 3 29.8%
Nason Hospital 546 162 7 29.7%
Central Montgomery Medical Center 349 103 1 29.5%
Good Samaritan Hospital 999 293 19 29.3%
Barnes-Kasson County Hospital 58 17 0 29.3%
Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital 456 132 6 28.9%
Chester County Hospital 2,550 734 47 28.8%
Heritage Valley Beaver 1,097 314 14 28.6%
Phoenixville Hospital Company LLC 1,020 291 29 28.5%
Excela Hospital Health Latrobe Hospital 256 73 1 28.5%
Albert Einstein Medical Center 2,810 799 91 28.4%
Hospital of the University of PA 4,326 1,211 149 28.0%
Shenango Valley Medical Center 660 184 7 27.9%
UPMC Northwest Seneca 500 139 8 27.8%
Hahnemann University Hospital 1,936 538 27 27.8%
Butler Memorial Hospital 763 212 4 27.8%
Ephrata Community Hospital 843 234 47 27.8%
Sharon Regional Health System 390 108 7 27.7%
JC Blair Memorial Hospital 372 103 14 27.7%
Reading Hospital & Medical Center 3,629 1,001 104 27.6%
Altoona Regional Health System 1,211 334 19 27.6%
Delaware County Memorial Hospital 1,729 476 48 27.5%
Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital 1,332 365 33 27.4%
Magee Womens Hospital of UPMC HealthSys 9,818 2,671 206 27.2%
Lock Haven Hospital 188 50 0 26.6%
Mount Nittany Medical Center 1,268 336 6 26.5%
Lehigh Valley Hospital 3,865 1,022 120 26.4%
Hanover Hospital 634 166 3 26.2%
Warren General Hospital 374 97 2 25.9%
Gettysburg Hospital 558 144 1 25.8%
Wayne Memorial Hospital 346 89 5 25.7%
Jameson Memorial Hospital 432 111 5 25.7%
Pocono Medical Center 773 197 14 25.5%
St Joseph Medical Center Reading 795 200 15 25.2%
Chambersburg Hospital 1,496 376 26 25.1%
Robert Packer Hospital 747 186 9 24.9%
Memorial Hospital York 791 195 6 24.7%
Chestnut Hill Hospital 804 189 21 23.5%
Charles Cole Memorial Hospital 254 59 2 23.2%
Holy Spirit Hospital 1,164 270 35 23.2%
Northeastern Hospital 1,820 420 15 23.1%
Clearfield Hospital 231 53 1 22.9%
Excela Health Westmoreland Reg Hospital 1,590 364 24 22.9%
Waynesboro Hospital 497 113 10 22.7%
Indiana Regional Medical Center 639 145 8 22.7%
Titusville Area Hospital 233 52 8 22.3%
Somerset Hospital 389 86 4 22.1%
Washington Hospital 1,096 241 18 22.0%
Jennersville Regional Hospital 373 79 13 21.2%
Alle-Kiski Medical Center 1 0 0 0.0%
UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside 1 0 0 0.0%
UPMC St Margaret 1 0 0 0.0%
Corry Memorial Hospital 1 0 0 0.0%
Southwest Regional Medical Center 1 0 0 0.0%
Frankford Hospital-Torresdale 4 0 0 0.0%
St Luke’s Miners Memorial Hospital 1 0 1 0.0%
Montrose General Hospital 1 0 0 0.0%
Excela Health Frick Hospital 1 0 0 0.0%
Freestanding Birth Center 1,525 0 28 0.0%
Other (Clinic, Doctor’s Office, Home) 2,375 1 83 0.0%

 

Data from the report, Birth and Death Statistics, 1990-2008These data were provided by the Bureau of Health Statistics and Research, Pennsylvania Department of Health. The Department specifically disclaims responsibility for any analyses, interpretations or conclusions.

 

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