LifePoint Health Recognized by March of Dimes for Giving More Babies a Healthy Start in Life

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Thirty LifePoint facilities experienced less than one percent early
elective deliveries in 2015

BRENTWOOD, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–November is Prematurity Awareness Month, and the March of Dimes is proud
to recognize LifePoint Health® (NASDAQ: LPNT) for giving
babies across the country a healthier start to life. This November, 30
LifePoint facilities will be recognized for successfully reducing the
number of elective inductions and cesarean deliveries performed before
39 weeks of pregnancy to less than one percent (1%) of all deliveries.

“We’re so proud of our facilities and the dedication of our physicians
and nurses across the country,” said Russell
Holman, MD
, chief medical officer of LifePoint Health. “They’ve
embraced the need to address the problems associated with early elective
deliveries, and have implemented practices and processes aimed at
reducing unnecessary inductions. They’ve also taken great care to
educate patients on the importance of going full-term. This is yet
another powerful way we are making communities healthier.”

The facilities earning recognition include:

  • Andalusia Health, Andalusia, Ala.
  • Ashley Regional Medical Center, Vernal, Utah
  • Bolivar Medical Center, Cleveland, Miss.
  • Castleview Hospital, Price, Utah
  • Central Carolina Hospital, Sanford, N.C.
  • Clark Memorial Hospital, Jeffersonville, Ind.
  • Clark Regional Medical Center, Winchester, Ky.
  • Clinch Valley Medical Center, Richlands, Va.
  • Colorado Plains Medical Center, Fort Morgan, Colo.
  • Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown, Pa.
  • Georgetown Community Hospital, Georgetown, Ky.
  • Harris Regional Hospital, Sylva, N.C.
  • Havasu Regional Medical Center, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
  • Haywood Regional Medical Center, Clyde, N.C.
  • Jackson Purchase Medical Center, Mayfield, Ky.
  • Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, Somerset, Ky.
  • UP Health System – Marquette, Marquette, Mich.
  • UP Health System – Portage, Hancock, Mich.
  • Rockdale Medical Center, Conyers, Ga.
  • Rutherford Regional Health System, Rutherfordton, N.C.
  • Scott Memorial Hospital, Scottsburg, Ind.
  • Southern Tennessee Regional Health System (STRHS)
    Lawrenceburg, Lawrenceburg, Tenn.
  • STRHS – Pulaski, Pulaski, Tenn.
  • Spring View Hospital, Lebanon, Ky.
  • St. Francis Hospital, Columbus, Ga.
  • Sumner Regional Medical Center, Gallatin, Tenn.
  • Teche Regional Medical Center, Morgan City, La.
  • Twin County Regional Healthcare, Galax, Va.
  • Valley View Medical Center, Fort Mohave, Ariz.
  • Vaughan Regional Medical Center, Selma, Ala.

“The last weeks of pregnancy are critical, as babies aren’t just putting
on weight; they are undergoing important development of the brain, lungs
and other vital organs,” says Edward R.B. McCabe, MD, PhD, March of
Dimes senior vice president and chief medical officer. “This is a
tremendous accomplishment, and we commend LifePoint Health and these
facilities for being a champion for babies with their quality
improvement efforts.”

Babies born even just a few weeks early have higher rates of
hospitalization and illness than full-term infants, according to the
March of Dimes. Although the overall threat is small, the risk of death
more than doubles for infants born at 37 weeks of pregnancy when
compared to babies born at 40 weeks, for all races and ethnicities.
Babies who survive an early birth are at higher risk of facing lifelong
health challenges, such as breathing problems, cerebral palsy and
learning disabilities.

Key to the hospitals’ success has been helping to educate communities
that “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait.” To help the facilities raise
awareness, March of Dimes provided participating LifePoint hospitals
with both professional and consumer education materials about the
critical importance of full-term pregnancy to the health and well-being
of babies.

LifePoint is committed to this important work and will continue
supporting its facilities with tools, resources and strategies that will
help them reduce early elective deliveries. The goal is for all
LifePoint facilities to achieve this milestone and recognition in future
years.

About the March of Dimes

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy
and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited
from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. For
the latest resources and health information, visit our websites marchofdimes.org
and nacersano.org.
If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our shareyourstory.org
community to find comfort and support. For detailed national, state and
local perinatal statistics, visit persistats.org.
You can also find us on Facebook
or follow us on Twitter.
A wealth of educational video resources is available on our YouTube
channel
.

About LifePoint Health

LifePoint Health® (NASDAQ: LPNT) is a leading healthcare
company dedicated to Making Communities Healthier®. Through
its subsidiaries, it provides quality inpatient, outpatient and
post-acute services close to home. LifePoint owns and operates community
hospitals, regional health systems, physician practices, outpatient
centers, and post-acute facilities in 22 states. It is the sole
community healthcare provider in the majority of the non-urban
communities it serves. More information about the company can be found
at www.LifePointHealth.net.
All references to “LifePoint,” “LifePoint Health” or the “Company” used
in this release refer to affiliates or subsidiaries of LifePoint Health,
Inc.

Contacts

LifePoint Health®
Michelle Augusty, 615-920-7654
Michelle.Augusty@lpnt.net
or
March
of Dimes
Lori Reeves, MPH, 407-758-9574
LReeves@marchofdimes.org