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Jefferson Hospital Earns Prestigious Perinatal Care Certification from Joint Commission

Thursday, October 10, 2019

AHN Jefferson Hospital is First in Allegheny County, one of just 63 in U.S., to Earn Joint Commission’s Perinatal Care Certification, Indicating Quality Care for Women and Infants

JEFFERSON HILLS, Pa. – Allegheny Health Network’s Jefferson Hospital is the first hospital in Allegheny County and one of just 63 in the entire United States to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Perinatal Care Certification, a symbol of quality that reflects Jefferson’s commitment to upholding standards that are critical to improving and maintaining the health of newborns and their mothers.

The certification recognizes Jefferson’s efforts to achieve integrated, coordinated, patient-centered care for clinically uncomplicated pregnancies and births, and its commitment to safe, quality patient care. The certification uses standards, guidelines and The Joint Commission’s perinatal care core performance measures for managing and monitoring critical aspects of women’s and infants care.

In order to achieve the certification, Jefferson underwent a rigorous site review earlier this year. A team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated Jefferson’s compliance with certification standards, focusing on program management and delivering clinical care. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“This certification is a testament to the dedication and exceptional care offered by the entire staff of the AHN Women and Infants Center at Jefferson Hospital,” said Louise Urban, RN, President and CEO, Jefferson Hospital. “Led by David Logan, MD, they provide expert, compassionate, patient-centered care every day, and their impact is evidence in the increasing number of families who are choosing to deliver their babies at Jefferson Hospital.”

“Ever since it opened five years ago, the AHN Women and Infants Center at Jefferson Hospital has been exceeding expectations, and this prestigious designation is just the latest example,” said Allan Klapper, MD, Chair, AHN Women and Children Institute, and President, Wexford Hospital. "More and more South Hills families are discovering the quality, patient-centered labor and delivery care in a close-to-home setting at Jefferson Hospital."

The AHN Women and Infants Center at Jefferson Hospital opened in late 2014 and was the first new maternity unit to open in Pennsylvania in the previous 30 years. The center quickly grew in popularity and last year delivered more than 1,000 babies. It is home to a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for non-critically ill infants as well as AHN Midwives.

Approximately 8,000 babies were born in 2018 at AHN hospitals, a 60% increase over the past five years. AHN Women and Infants Centers offer personalized physician-patient relationships, one-on-one nursing care and family-centered birthing suites.

“Perinatal Care Certification recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend AHN Jefferson Hospital for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for newborns and their mothers.”

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies over 22,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.