Reid Health recognized for excellence in infant and maternal health
Reid Health was recognized Wednesday by the Indiana Hospital Association (IHA), in partnership with Governor Eric J. Holcomb and State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, for its "commitment to infant and maternal health" at the first annual INspire Hospital of Distinction recognition program.
INspire, funded by the Indiana Department of Health's Safety PIN (Protecting Indiana's Newborns) grant, was developed to implement the delivery of best practice care for Hoosier moms and babies and recognize hospitals for excellence in addressing key drivers of infant and maternal health.
Reid Health earned the recognition based on implementing best practices in five key areas, including infant safe sleep, breastfeeding, tobacco prevention and cessation, perinatal substance use, and obstetric hemorrhage.
"Our team is passionately dedicated to healthy babies and mothers in our region," said Stephanie Field, Service Line Director for Women and Children's Services at Reid Health. "From voluntarily seeking out designation as a Baby-Friendly health system, to our educational and support programs for families during and after pregnancy, we are determined to continually seek excellence on behalf of our patients and their families to ensure best outcomes. "
Joseph Clemente, M.D., Reid OB-GYN, said "Reid Health Women's and Children's Services strives to integrate national best practices for our patients in our community. The Inspire award is a great recognition of the hard work and dedication all team members place in putting our patients first."
Gov. Holcomb said "Indiana's birthing hospitals are critical partners as we work to drive down infant mortality. Thanks to their efforts, Indiana's infant mortality rate has fallen to the lowest level in state recorded history. Together we will continue this important work to save even more lives and give every Hoosier newborn the best opportunity ahead."
"I am inspired by the work and passion our birthing hospitals bring to make sure all babies born in Indiana have the best start at life," Dr. Box said. "Reducing infant and maternal mortality requires a multi-pronged approach over the course of many years to see impactful change. We're seeing that change happen, but we can't stop now. We must continue to adopt best practices so we can celebrate more first birthdays in Indiana."
Box noted that among many successes, Indiana has seen a nearly 30 percent drop in Indiana's black infant mortality rate in just two years.
"Indiana hospitals are grateful for the leadership of Governor Holcomb and Dr. Box and are thrilled to be a partner in Indiana's successful effort to reduce infant mortality," said IHA President Brian Tabor. "We look forward to building on the progress we've made and achieving Governor Holcomb's goal for Indiana to have the lowest rate of infant mortality in the Midwest by 2024."
Indiana Hospital Association serves as the professional trade association for more than 170 acute care, critical access, behavioral health, and other specialized hospitals in Indiana.