Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center Awarded Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission

September 12, 2017

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center today announced it has earned 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.

“Conemaugh Memorial underwent a rigorous onsite review to assess its compliance with certification standards for perinatal care,” says April Behory, Director of Woman/Child services for Conemaugh Memorial. “We are very proud to be one of only two hospitals in Pennsylvania to achieve this certification.”

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 are delighted to receive Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission,” added Adib Khouzami, MD, FACOG, Chairman of Conemaugh Memorial’s OB/GYN service line. “This accomplishment shows our commitment and focus on ongoing quality-improvement processes to improve care for mothers and newborns. 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.”

“Achieving Perinatal Care Certification recognizes an organization’s commitment to healthy mothers and healthy babies,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, 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.”

Conemaugh Memorial is home to a growing OB/GYN program with 1900 annual deliveries and 270 admissions to the Regional Intensive Care Nursery, a Level III neonatal intensive care unit. The program is backed by the resources of two board certified perinatologists specializing in high risk pregnancies and two board certified neonatologists specially trained to care for premature and ill newborns.

Established in 2015, Perinatal Care Certification is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited hospitals.