July 30th, 2018
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Halifax Health Perinatal Program Earns Re-Certification from The Joint Commission

The Halifax Health – Center for Women and Infant Health, a Perinatal Center of Excellence, has earned re-certification from The Joint Commission, the nation’s largest independent healthcare evaluation organization.

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – (July 30, 2018) –  The Halifax Health – Center for Women and Infant Health, a Perinatal Center of Excellence, has earned re-certification from The Joint Commission, the nation’s largest independent healthcare evaluation organization.  Halifax Health is the first hospital in Daytona Beach – and just one of a few in Florida – that has earned The Joint Commission’s elite Perinatal Care Certification.

“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,” explains 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 more 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.

Halifax Health

Recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of healthcare services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, community hospital, freestanding emergency department, an urgent care, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with five outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, primary care walk-in clinics, a walk-in clinic specializing in women’s health, a pediatric care community clinic, three children’s medical practices, a home healthcare agency, and an exclusive provider organization.  Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services, OB Emergency Department and Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born as early as 28 weeks.  For more information, visit halifaxhealth.org.

The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve healthcare for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating healthcare organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.  The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States.  An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare.  Learn more about The Joint Commission at jointcommission.org. 

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