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November 07, 2019

PIONEERS Earns Achievement Honor From State

November 29, 2018

(BRAWLEY) — Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District, an affiliate of Scripps Health, is proud to announce it received a 2018 achievement award from Smart Care California, which is a public-private partnership that promotes safe and accessible health care for all Californians.


Smart Care honored PIONEERS for meeting or surpassing the Healthy People 2020 target for low-risk, first-birth Cesarean sections (C-sections).

By reaching this target, the PIONEERS team helped in delivering safer and more affordable care for Californians.


“PIONEERS is honored by the recognition and proud to have played a role in the health and well-being of the residents of the Imperial Valley and State of California,” stated Larry Lewis, PMHD CEO. “We sincerely thank the physicians, nurses, midwives and other clinical staff who have made this achievement possible.”


To receive this 2018 Smart Care California award, PIONEERS must have achieved a C-section rate of 23.9 percent or lower for low-risk, first-birth deliveries. The award is based on 2017 Patient Discharge Data from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development linked to Birth Certificate Data from the California Department of Public Health-Vital Records, based on Joint Commission specifications, provided by Cal Hospital Compare.


This is the third year Smart Care California has honored hospitals that have met or surpassed the 23.9 percent target for low-risk, first-birth C-sections.

This year, the group recognized 122 hospitals that achieved the goal, which is up from the 111 recognized in 2017.


For more information on PIONEERS or to request an interview with a PMHD physician, please contact Frank Salazar, Director of Communications & Public Affairs, at (760) 625-9065.


About Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District

Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District (PMHD), located in the city of Brawley, is the culmination of the dreams of many people who were involved in the planning and development of this hospital which opened its doors in 1950. With the challenges that were present then and in today’s continuously-changing health care landscape, Pioneers Memorial is continually growing to better serve the community of the Imperial Valley. Most recently in 2016, Pioneers Memorial reached a landmark two-year affiliation agreement with the Scripps Healthcare Network. Scripps is ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. This partnership with Scripps is a significant step forward to bringing the necessary care and resources to strengthen Pioneers and expand the needed services for the Imperial Valley.




The mission of the Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District is to provide quality healthcare and compassionate service for the families of the Imperial Valley.

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