Conemaugh Memorial Earns Second Consecutive Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission

September 27, 2019

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center has earned its second consecutive Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission for commitment to achieving integrated, coordinated, and patient-centered care for mothers and their newborns.

The certification is awarded for a two-year period to hospitals accredited by The Joint Commission. Conemaugh Memorial earned its first certification in 2017.

“The certification process is very rigorous with onsite assessments and evaluation of standards for perinatal care,” says April Behory, Director of Woman / Child services for Conemaugh Memorial. “Our staff demonstrates consistent care for our youngest patients and their families. We are very proud to offer this service for the communities we serve.”

During the review, Joint Commission experts completed an independent evaluation of Conemaugh Memorial’s perinatal health care services, as well as the following key requirements:

  • 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

“We continue our commitment and focus on ongoing quality-improvement processes to improve care for mothers and newborns,” added Adib Khouzami, MD, FACOG, Chairman of Conemaugh Memorial’s OB/GYN service line. “We have been committed to a number of key initiatives including reduction of elective deliveries, C-sections, and Health Care Associated Bloodstream Infections in newborns, as well as, the promotion of exclusive breast milk feeding. All of these initiatives are good for our moms and babies; it has taken a real team effort to achieve such great results.”

Conemaugh Memorial is home to a robust obstetrics and gynecology program with 1,850 annual deliveries and 290 admissions to the Regional Intensive Care Nursery, a Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit, which just celebrated its 45th anniversary in July.

The program is backed by the resources of board certified perinatologists specializing in high risk pregnancies and board certified neonatologists specially trained to care for premature and ill newborns.