Community Memorial Hospital Recognized for Top Quality Maternity Care

Community Memorial Hospital Earns Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care Designation

Did you know that nearly four million babies are born in the United States annually, making childbirth the most common cause of hospitalizations, and that cesarean sections are the most common operating room procedure?*

In 2017, there were 2,656 births at CMH.

These statistics illustrate why excellent maternity care is so important and why the hospital where you deliver your baby should offer exceptional care!

Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) is proud to share that Blue Shield of California has once again recognized the Ventura hospital with a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care designation as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.  Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated hospital that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures and rigorous standards developed with the medical community’s input.

CMH is proud to share that it has once again been recognized by Blue Shield of CA with a Blue Distinction for Maternity Care designation.

The Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity Care program evaluates hospitals on quality measures for vaginal and cesarean delivery.  Reducing early elective delivery is an area of focus for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics.  According to Health Affairs, elective inductions result in more cesarean deliveries and a longer hospitalization for the mother.  The Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity Care demonstrate better overall patient satisfaction and a lower percentage of early elective deliveries, according to Blue Shield and Blue Cross.

In 2017, there were 2,656 live births at CMH.  “Our mission is to be the premier birthing center in Ventura County and we feel we are,” said Megan Rodarte, Director of Maternal Child Health Services at CMH.

CMH labor & delivery nurses have taken labor support classes to help them positively impact the deliveries of their patients.

Rodarte outlined some of the programs CMH has in place that helped the Ventura hospital receive the coveted Blue Distinction designation:

  • CMH labor and delivery nurses have taken labor support classes which help them learn how they can impact deliveries and possibly decrease cesarean section rates based on the care they provide.


  • CMH includes non-pharmacologic pain relief methods and offers many tools to help moms in labor, such as birthing balls.
  • CMH maintains an interdisciplinary team that routinely examines patient safety issues and data to keep women safe during labor and delivery as well as post-partum.  The team is trained to recognize potential problems and be prepared to respond.  Team members use the latest evidence-based practices to guide them as they seek to head off complications.
  • The CMH nursing staff uses a “high fidelity simulator” (a high-tech doll) for training, simulating patient-care episodes and how to react in emergencies.
  • Nurses coming in for a new shift engage in a “safety huddle” at the beginning of the shift to share information about high-risk patients who need extra monitoring or support and review potential safety issues that might arise during that shift.  The Maternal Child Health team also de-briefs after potential safety events to review the situation, what went well, and what improvements could be made.

Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality specialty care in the areas of maternity care, bariatric surgery, cancer care, cardiac care, knee and hip replacements, spine surgery, and transplants – all while encouraging healthcare professionals to enhance the care they deliver.  Research shows that, compared to other hospitals, hospitals like CMH that are designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients.

*Source: National Centers for Health Statistics and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a U.S. government agency that functions as a part of the Department of Health and Human Services to support research to help improve the quality of healthcare.