Crossett, Arkansas, June 20, 2017 –Ashley County Medical Center has reduced the number of elective
inductions and cesarean deliveries performed before 39 completed weeks
of pregnancy. This will give more babies a healthy start in life, the
March of Dimes says.
“We’re proud of our expert team of physicians and nurses who
recognized the problem of unnecessary early deliveries in our hospital,
and put in place policies to avoid scheduling C-sections or inductions
before 39 weeks of pregnancy, except when medically necessary,”
said Phillip Gilmore, Chief Executive Officer of Ashley County Medical Center.
Ashley County Medical Center Labor and Delivery department has worked really
hard toward this initiative and are proud to say they have had 0% elective
deliveries at less than 39 weeks gestation for the last three years. There
must be a medical reason to do an induction or cesarean prior to 39 weeks.
“I am very proud of the teamwork displayed amongst the Labor and
Delivery/Nursery staff and physicians to accomplish such a wonderful goal
for our community and its future.” said Laurie Kilcrease BSN, RN,
ACMC Labor and Delivery Manager. ACMC’s Board Certified Obstetricians
and Gynecologist, James Brown, M.D. and Ira Murphy, M.D. added, “as
new members of the Ashley County Medical Center team we are excited to
continue the efforts of bringing healthy termed babies into the world
and providing excellent care for our mothers,” says
“The last weeks of pregnancy are important. 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. “We
commend Ashley County Medical Center for being a champion for babies with
their quality improvement effort.”
Even babies born just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization
and illness than full-term infants, the March of Dimes says. 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 often
face lifelong health challenges, such as breathing problems, cerebral
palsy, and learning disabilities.
Faith Sharp, Director of Maternal Child Health for the March of Dimes says
the March of Dimes has been getting out the word that “Healthy Babies
are Worth the Wait.” This campaign urges women to wait for labor
to begin on its own if their pregnancy is healthy, rather than scheduling
delivery before 39 weeks.
The March of Dimes offers both professional and consumer education materials
about the critical importance of a full-term pregnancy to the health and
well-being of babies.
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.
Find out how you can help prevent premature birth and birth defects by
joining March for Babies at
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Ashley County Medical Center (ACMC) located in Crossett, Arkansas, is a
critical access hospital that serves one of the largest counties in Arkansas,
encompassing more than 940 square miles. The mission of the center is
to promote good health and provide quality healthcare in a caring and
compassionate manner with qualified staff. ACMC is committed to provide
the resources for continuous quality improvement, continuously expand
needed healthcare services, and recruit the healthcare professionals who
best meet community needs. Visit
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