PRINCETON, N.J.-New Jersey hospitals' average Caesarean-section rate declined to 17.67% in 1994, according to data released by the New Jersey Hospital Association. But it still exceeds national (15%) and Northeast (17.02%) averages. The NJHA's report includes first-time or "primary" C-section rates for 65 acute-care hospitals. It also shows which hospitals performed more or fewer C-sections than predicted. Based on the risk adjustment methodology, South Jersey Hospital System in Bridgeton performed far fewer C-sections than predicted. Its actual rate, 13.29%, fell 8.18 percentage points below a predicted rate of 21.47%. Bayonne (N.J.) Hospital's 24.4% C-section rate exceeded its predicted rate of 13.7% by 10.7 percentage points. The report contains the first hospital-specific outcome data ever released by the NJHA. The goal is to reduce the number of C-section births in the state, the association said.
WARRENDALE, Pa.-Jack C. Robinette, 65, retired last month after more than 20 years as president of the Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania in Warrendale. Neil Bohnert, the council's vice president, is acting president while a search committee seeks a successor. The council created a fund in Robinette's name to improve community health in western Pennsylvania.
TREVOSE, Pa.-HIP Health Plan of Pennsylvania has received approval from state regulators to begin operations. The Trevose, Pa.-based HMO has assembled a network of more than 900 physicians and 20 hospitals in Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. The HMO, an affiliate of HIP Health Plan of New Jersey, North Brunswick, will operate as part of the 1 million-enrollee HIP system with affiliates in New York and Florida.