Women’s Center recognized for its work in reducing preterm births, inductions, and c-sections, and improving birth weights
MADISONVILLE, Ky. — The Center for Women’s Health at Trover Health System has been awarded the 2012 Kentucky Hospital Association Quality Award. This award is presented annually to one healthcare facility that demonstrates an organization-wide commitment to highly reliable, exceptional quality, patient-centered care. Drs. Mark Littlehale and Heather Ricketts accepted the award at the KHA Annual Awards Gala in Louisville Thursday evening.
Trover’s KHA award application focused on its work in reducing preterm births, inductions, and c-sections, and improving birth weights. Through evidenced-based changes to its prenatal care model, Trover has made progressive improvements to benefit mothers and babies. Initiatives include:
“Preterm births were occurring at a startling rate in our area. Prematurity is the leading cause of newborn deaths,” said Trover President and CEO E. Berton Whitaker. “Many women don’t realize that scheduling an elective c-section or inducing birth early can cause lifelong disability or impairment such as Cerebral Palsy, developmental delay, impaired vision, and chronic illnesses such as asthma, heart disease and diabetes. It is a community health concern we all must take seriously. The providers at the Women’s Center are committed to helping mothers achieve a full-term pregnancy and the steps they have taken to help achieve that goal is being recognized by this state-wide organization. We’re proud of the recognition we’re proud of the work we’ve done for our mothers and babies. “
Additionally, the important initiatives undertaken at the Center for Women’s Health have resulted in other significant improvements in good health behaviors for mothers and their families, including increased breastfeeding rates, increased awareness on issues such as stress management, depression, oral health, substance abuse, and tobacco cessation.
“The KHA Quality Award recognizes our commitment to doing what’s right,” said the Manager of the Women’s Center LeAnn Todd Langston. “We’ve established a model of empowerment, creating an atmosphere of patient centered care, where a woman becomes an active partner in her care. We remain dedicated to applying cutting-edge, evidence-based medicine as we strive to improve maternal child health. We are excited to demonstrate that you don’t have to be a large academic center to implement innovative approaches and conduct research. We hope our endeavors will inspire other organizations large and small to be agents of change and improve outcomes for mothers and babies.”
In recent years, the Women’s Center also has won the National Maternal Child Health Epidemiology Awards 2011 Effective Practice Award, the 2011 William J. Gies Award for Outstanding Innovation, and the CenteringPregnancy® Program Best in Practice Honor.
Trover Health System is an integrated health provider serving western Kentucky residents for more than 50 years. With nine locations in six counties, Trover proudly offers 55 services and specialties to meet the needs of Kentuckians close to home. With more than 130 primary care, mid-level and specialist physicians, 500 registered nurses and 1,000 licensed health care professionals, Trover is made up of an experienced team of dedicated staff. Trover provides healthcare solutions with compassion and respect for the uniqueness of every individual. Guided by a values-based culture to consistently deliver clinical and service excellence to our patients, Trover strives for excellent care, every time. For more information, please visit www.troverhealth.org.