DAYTONA BEACH – The Halifax Health-Center for Women and Infant Health, a Perinatal Center of Excellence, earned re-certification from The Joint Commission, the nation’s largest independent healthcare evaluation organization.
“Halifax Health is pleased to once again receive Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission, the premier healthcare quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation. Our Perinatal Center of Excellence remains focused on ongoing quality-improvement processes to improve care for mothers and newborns,” said Catherine Luchsinger, chief nursing officer for Halifax Health.
The Perinatal Care Certification is a rigorous onsite review that focuses on achieving integrated, coordinated, patient-centered care that begins with prenatal care through postpartum care for clinically uncomplicated pregnancies and deliveries, early identification of high-risk pregnancies and births, and, most importantly, the connection within the community for additional support and education. The certification program establishes standards, guidelines, and core performance measures for managing and monitoring aspects of perinatal care that are critical to improving and maintaining the health of newborns and their mothers. Certification is voluntary and a distinct recognition of quality, safety, and outcomes in improving clinical care.
Halifax Health submitted, tracked and adhered to Joint Commission core performance measures by demonstrating decreases in maternal complications and early deliveries; decreased prematurity rates; significantly decreasing the C-section rate; exclusive breast milk feeding; and zero bloodstream infections in newborns.
“Achieving Perinatal Care Certification recognizes an organization’s commitment to healthy mothers and healthy babies,” explains Patrick Phelan, executive director of hospital business development for The Joint Commission. “The certification gives providers an unparalleled advantage when it comes to preparing mothers for labor and delivery, while also being able to help them if complications arise.”
Established in 2015, Perinatal Care Certification is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited hospitals. Halifax Health Medical Center was named a Perinatal Center of Excellence by the Joint Commission in 2016.
Halifax Health – Center for Women and Infant Health offers Volusia and Flagler counties’ most comprehensive care from pregnancy to delivery. Halifax Health is home to the area’s only 24-hour obstetric emergency department where expectant mothers are seen by board-certified obstetricians. In addition, neonatologists and experienced neonatal nurses staff Halifax Health’s Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which is also open 24 hours a day and cares for babies born as early as 28 weeks.
For information, or to schedule a tour of the Halifax Health-Center for Women and Infant Health, call 386-425-5108 or visit halifaxhealth.org/ob.