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Mad River Community Hospital Birthing Center ranks high in state

ARCATA - A new study out ranks Mad River Community Hospital’s Birthing Center among the top 33 in the state.

The California Hospital Assessment and Reporting Taskforce conducted a study of every California hospital, looking at four measures of maternity care including C-section and breastfeeding rates. Mad River came in as high performing compared to the average for California.

“They looked at every single birthing center. Every single hospital in the state of California and there were two hospitals that were named north of San Francisco, one of them was in Ukiah and the other was Mad River Community Hospital. The rest are located around major academic centers or in Southern California,” Steve Engle, COO of Mad River Community Hospital, said.  

This recognition is significant for Mad River because they are a rural hospital as compared to many of the other facilities. But the Birthing Center, which averages around 70 births a month, is just focused on providing the best services possible. 

“We don't work to achieve someone else’s numbers. What we worked towards is the best safety and the best experience for our mothers and if that means that we meet criteria somewhere else that someone wants to praise us for, that's awesome, but what we do is look at the research, the evidence, what the standard practice is, and we try and do just a little bit better,” Sandi Jones, Birth Center Manager, said.