Community-based maternity team celebrated for commitment to infant and maternal health
NOBLESVILLE, IN – For the third year in a row, Riverview Health has been named an INspire Hospital of Distinction by the Indiana Hospital Association (IHA), in partnership with Governor Eric J. Holcomb and State Health Commissioner Lindsay Weaver, M.D., FACEP, for its commitment to infant and maternal health. This recognition is earned by Riverview Health’s demonstration of excellence in seven key areas including infant safe sleep, breastfeeding, tobacco prevention and cessation, perinatal substance use, obstetric hemorrhage, maternal hypertension, and social determinants of health.
“Every day, our exceptional birthing and maternity team provides compassionate, comprehensive care to our mothers and infants,” said Michelle Allen, administrative director of maternal, child and inpatient nursing services at Riverview Health. “It’s because of their passion and dedication that we’ve been recognized as an INspire Hospital of Distinction three times in a row, and I’m honored to be able to support their outstanding work.”
Riverview Health’s maternity team has a legacy of delivering high-quality care designed to meet the specific needs of the communities it serves. The system has delivered more than 1,100 babies over the last two years and recently expanded its ability to care for newborns as young as 32 weeks gestation. Prior to receiving its first Hospital of Distinction recognition in 2021, Riverview Health was also recognized within IHA’s Category of Excellence in 2020.
“Teams across the Riverview Health system provide a wide array of support and amenities to uplift our maternity and newborn patients—from pregnancy planning to postpartum care and family medicine services that span generations,” said Tammi Nash, chief nursing officer at Riverview Health. “It’s through this holistic spectrum of care that we can make a positive impact by reducing maternal and infant mortality in our communities and giving our moms and babies the best start.”
INspire, funded by the Indiana Department of Health’s Safety PIN grant, was developed to implement the delivery of best practice care for Hoosier moms and babies and recognize hospitals for excellence in addressing key drivers of infant and maternal health.
“The daily work of our delivering hospitals makes a monumental impact on the lives of so many Hoosier moms and infants in every corner of our state,” said Governor Holcomb. “These caregivers are much needed and appreciated, and we will continue to partner with them to support our shared goal of a healthy Hoosier tomorrow.”
“Our birthing hospitals work tremendously hard to make sure all babies born in Indiana have the best start at life, while caring for the mothers who delivered them,” said Dr. Weaver. “Reducing infant and maternal mortality requires a continued multi-pronged approach over the course of many years to see impactful change. It is heartening to see the progress we’ve made, but we must continue to adopt best practices so that we can celebrate more first birthdays in Indiana.”
For more information about Riverview Health’s maternity services, visit riverview.org/services/maternity.
About Riverview Health
Riverview Health is an independent community-based health system comprised of a full-service, 156-bed hospital in Noblesville, a 16-bed hospital in Westfield, as well as freestanding combined ER and urgent care facilities. Also included are 14 distinct primary, immediate, and specialty care facilities across Hamilton County. Riverview Health provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services in more than 35 healthcare specialties and has been frequently recognized for its clinical and service excellence.