Good Samaritan Medical Center and St. Mary’s Medical Center, both part of the Palm Beach Health Network, are recognized by the State of Florida for reducing the rate of unnecessary cesarean sections(C-sections) for low-risk births. The hospitals are being honored by the Florida Department of Health and the Agency for Health Care Administration. At a recent Florida Hospital Association Quality Conference, they both received the 2021 Award for Excellence in Maternity Care.

To be eligible for this award, the hospitals must stay within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2030 goal of NTSV (Nulliparous, Term, Singleton, Vertex) cesarean birth target rate of 23.6 percent or less.

“It’s an honor to be among the handful of hospitals in the state earning this award,” said Sheri Montgomery, CEO of Good Samaritan Medical Center. “We work extremely hard to make sure we continue to be a healthy and safe destination for mothers to deliver their babies.”

“Where you choose to have your baby makes all the difference,” said Cynthia McCauley, CEO of St. Mary’s Medical Center. “Earning this award is a testament to the skill and commitment of our physicians and staff, but most of all to parents trusting us to deliver their babies.”

When women have already undergone a C-section, they will likely have to repeat the process for the next pregnancy to avoid any further complications. Having multiple cesarean births increases other risks and long-term complications including placenta accreta and placenta previa. NTSV C-sections conditions are for low-risk, first time mothers. It is important to keep this particular birth rate down due to potential risks. Vaginal births will have less complications especially for mothers planning on having more children.

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About Good Samaritan Medical Center

Good Samaritan Medical Center (GSMC) is a 333-bed acute care hospital, part of the Palm Beach Health Network, that’s provided sophisticated, personalized and emergency medical care to Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast with over 100 years of experience.

GSMC utilizes some of the latest robotic technologies that highlight their robust surgical program including the MAKO and Da Vinci robots. Our comprehensive cancer center is accredited by the Commission on Cancer, anchored by our accredited NAPBC state-of-the-art Breast Center.

To learn more about GSMC visit or call 561-650-6023.

About St. Mary’s Medical Center

St. Mary’s Medical Center (SMMC), part of the Palm Beach Health Network, is a 420-bed acute care hospital in West Palm Beach. The hospital has been serving Palm Beach County and the Treasure for more than 80 years. SMMC is a Level 1 Trauma Center, a state-designated Pediatric Trauma Referral Center, certified Comprehensive Stoke Center, and has a level III NICU.

Pediatric services are provided at the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center, which is the only dedicated children’s hospital between Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando. Along with 24/7 dedicated pediatric emergency and trauma care, Palm Beach Children’s Hospital’s medical staff consists of 196 pediatricians in 36 subspecialties.

To learn more about St. Mary’s Medical Center and Palm Beach Children’s Hospital, visit or call 561-844-6300.