Howard Young Medical Center receives self-designated state recognition for Birthing Center

WOODRUFF, WI—Howard Young Medical Center was recently approved for self-designated Wisconsin Association of Perinatal Care (WAPC) Levels of Care Self-Assessment Process and was identified as a Level IIA facility.

A facility designated as Level IIA has the capability to resuscitate and stabilize preterm and/or ill infants before transfer to a facility that provides newborn intensive care.

The Birthing Center at Howard Young can provide care for infants born at 32 weeks weighing at least 3.4 pounds who suffer from a variety of birth related complications including apnea of prematurity, inability to maintain body temperature, or inability to take oral feedings. This includes infants that are moderately ill with problems that are anticipated to resolve rapidly not requiring more advanced levels of care typically provided in a neonatal intensive care unit like the center at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.

This is a voluntary process for hospitals throughout Wisconsin and serves as a quality initiative. It recognizes the capabilities, commitment and resources of institutions that are beyond the minimum expectation for their level of perinatal services.

“This self-assessment confirms that we provide the level of care that we have declared,” said Rebecca A. Morin, Vice President of Patient Care Services, Howard Young Health Care. “We are committed to maintaining this standard of care for the benefit of the communities we serve, and providing the consumer with a consistent level and quality of perinatal services.”

Howard Young Medical Center was among the first group of hospitals to complete the WAPC Levels of Care Self-Assessment, starting in February 2008.

Lynn LaFrenier RNC, manager of the Howard Young Medical Center Birthing Center and local coordinator for the self-assessment, was invited by WAPC to share her experience at the 2008 WAPC Annual Conference in Appleton, based on the exceptional materials and supplemental information that were provided.

The WAPC is the premier multidisciplinary association providing leadership and education for improved perinatal health outcomes of women, infants and their families. This information is publically reported on the WAPC web site.

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