Richmond, Va. (Nov. 19, 2015) — HCA Virginia'sHenrico Doctors' Hospital is the first hospital in Virginia and seventh hospital in the nation to earn Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission.
The certification program recognizes Joint Commission accredited hospitals committed to achieving integrated, coordinated and patient-centered care for mothers and their newborns. Perinatal care refers to the period immediately before and after childbirth.
“We are thrilled that The Joint Commission has recognized our commitment to providing outcome-based, quality care for women and newborns in our community,” said Amber Price, vice president, Women’s Services, Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. “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.”
Henrico Doctors’ underwent a rigorous onsite review to assess its compliance with certification standards for perinatal care. During the review, Joint Commission experts completed an independent evaluation of Henrico Doctors’ perinatal health care services, as well as the following key requirements:
- Integrated, coordinated patient-centered care, throughout all stages of pregnancy and postpartum
- 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
Established in 2015, Perinatal Care Certification is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited hospitals.