Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

PHH recognized for infant and maternal health

Posted: Friday, October 30, 2020

Parkview Huntington Hospital (PHH) was recognized on Wednesday by the Indiana Hospital Association (IHA) – in partnership with Governor Eric J. Holcomb and State Health Commissioner Kris Box, MD, FACOG – for its commitment to infant and maternal health. The announcement was made at the inaugural INspire Hospital of Distinction recognition program, held as a virtual event.

INspire, funded by the Indiana Department of Health’s Safety PIN 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.

PHH earned an INspire Hospital of Distinction award based on its implementation of best practices in at least four of five key areas: infant safe sleep, breastfeeding, tobacco prevention and cessation, perinatal substance use and obstetric hemorrhage.

“Helping our moms have safe and healthy deliveries, and making sure their little ones get off to the best possible start is the goal of our Family Birthing Center team,” said Juli Johnson, president, PHH, “and we’re proud of the high standard of care the team has achieved. We’re honored to receive this recognition of our world-class care from the IHA.”

Other Parkview hospitals receiving the INspire Hospital of Distinction award included Parkview DeKalb, Parkview Randallia, Parkview Noble, Parkview Whitley and Parkview Regional Medical Center. In addition, Parkview LaGrange and Parkview Wabash each received the Category of Excellence award recognizing hospitals meeting key-driver criteria in one, two or three areas.

“Indiana’s birthing hospitals are critical partners as we work to drive down infant mortality,” Gov. Holcomb said. “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 making sure all babies born in Indiana have the best start at life,” Dr. Box said. “Reducing infant and maternal mortality requires a multipronged 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 that 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 partnering 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 to 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.