The Joint Commission Awards HRMC Birthing Center Perinatal Care Certification

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Tue, July 24, 2018 -- Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System
Newborn Baby with Mother

The Joint Commission (TJC) has granted Perinatal Care Certification to the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center Birthing Center. TJC certification program recognizes accredited hospitals committed to achieving integrated, coordinated and patient-centered care for mothers and their newborns.

The HRMC Birthing Center underwent a rigorous two-day onsite review April 23-24 to assess its compliance with certification standards for perinatal care. During the review, a Joint Commission expert completed an independent evaluation of the Birthing Center’s perinatal health care services.

The four main requirements to achieve certification are:

  • Integrated, coordinated patient-centered care that starts with prenatal and continues through postpartum care
  • Early identification of high-risk pregnancies and births
  • Management of mothers’ and newborns’ risks at a level corresponding to the program’s capabilities
  • Available patient education and information about perinatal care services

Patrick Phelan, Executive Director for Hospital Business Development for TJC said the certification recognizes Hutchinson Regional Medical Center’s commitment to healthy mothers and their babies. “The certification gives providers an unparalleled advantage when it comes to preparing mothers for delivery, while being able to help them if complications arise,” Phelan said.

Ken Johnson, President and CEO of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System (HRHS) said the Birthing Center is delighted to receive Perinatal Care Certification from the Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation. “Achieving this certification shows that we are focused on continuous quality-improvement of case processes to improve care for mothers and newborns.”

Established in 2015, Perinatal Care Certification is awarded for a two-year period.