For its commitment to healthy babies and healthy moms, CHI Health Lakeside, Omaha, NE, earned Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission. The certification program recognizes hospitals that are committed to achieving patient-centered care for mothers and their newborns.
Lakeside is the third hospital in Nebraska to attain the recognition and the second of CHI’s hospitals nationwide. CHI Health Bergan Mercy, Omaha, has also has achieved the certification. Both are full service hospitals with intensive care units and two of only 30 hospitals nationwide that have this certification.
Lakeside went through a rigorous onsite review to assess its compliance with certification standards. During the review, Joint Commission experts completed an independent evaluation that looked at Lakeside’s perinatal health care services, as well as:
- 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 that corresponds to the program’s capabilities
- Available patient education and information
In all, Joint Commission examiners looked at almost 200 different standards to see if Lakeside earned the certification. Established in 2015, Perinatal Care Certification is awarded for a two-year period.