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Penn State Health St. Joseph, Penn State Hershey both win Achievement Awards

Centering Pregnancy: Transforming Prenatal Care program recognized for health care innovation

READING, PA, JULY 30, 2015 – Penn State Health St. Joseph’s Centering Pregnancy: Transforming Prenatal Care was selected the Community Champions Award winner from the Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), it was announced recently.

The innovative program is a multifaceted group model of care that integrates three major components of care – health assessment, education, and support – into a unified program within a group setting.

We have seen great success with this program,” explains Sharon Strohecker, Vice President of Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer of Penn State Health St. Joseph. “Since 2012, 250 women have participated in the program and our health outcomes have shown a significant downward trend well below the targets, that’s a good thing, of preterm births and low birth weight.”

The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) annually recognizes innovative Pennsylvania hospital efforts through its respected Achievement Awards program, which began in 1978. Pennsylvania hospitals are constantly working and challenging themselves to adopt forward-thinking processes and care models in order to provide the best possible quality of care and patient experience. HAP redefined and renamed its award categories to better align with hospitals’ vision for the future, recognizing that the Triple Aim-improving population health and the patient experience, while reducing health care costs.

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, also a member of Penn State Health, won awards in Optimal Operations and In Safe Hands categories.

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