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Jackson, Tennessee (February 5, 2018) — West Tennessee Women’s Center at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital recently ranked the highest in the nation as measured by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) quality rankings for Timely and Effective Pregnancy and Delivery Care. Recently published, CMS data shows that Jackson-Madison County General Hospital reports the lowest percentage of pregnant women in the nation who had elective deliveries one - three weeks early (either vaginally or by C-section) that were not medically necessary. “We are extremely proud to be recognized for the high quality of care we provide and for the emphasis we place on quality and safety for our moms and babies,” said Dr. Dave Roberts, Chief Medical Officer. “This ranking reflects the dedication of our providers and our staff and their commitment to high quality, compassionate healthcare.” By providing care to pregnant women that follows best practices, hospitals and doctors improve chances for a safe delivery and a healthy baby. There are many health benefits for the mother and for baby to not have an elective delivery before 39 weeks. Mothers may experience shorter labors and may decrease their risk of a cesarean section. Babies are still growing and developing in the last few weeks of pregnancy. Their brain, lungs, and liver are still developing at week 39. Full term babies are alert and ready to breastfeed and have improved weight gain. The West Tennessee Women’s Center, located on the third floor of Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, delivers more than 3,000 babies annually and seeks to provide the finest health care to all women, children and their families. About Hospital Compare: Hospital Compare was created through the efforts of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in collaboration with organizations representing consumers, hospitals, doctors, employers, accrediting organizations, and other federal agencies. Hospital Compare was created to help patients and their families learn about the quality of hospitals, compare facilities in their area side-by-side, and ask important questions about care quality. The overall rating summarizes dozens of quality measures and shows how well each hospital performed, on average, compared to other hospitals in the U.S. For more information, visit Released: February 5, 2018

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