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Community Hospital North designated as an Obstetric and Neonatal Level III perinatal hospital

For release on December 10, 2019

Providing care for moms and babies with complex conditions and complications

Indianapolis, IN—The Indiana State Department of Health granted certification of Community Hospital North as an Obstetric Level of Care III and Neonatal Level of Care III. The designation shows the level of obstetric and newborn clinical care we provide for delivering mothers and babies being born at Community North.

While most women can safely deliver at a low acuity hospital, women and newborns with complex high-risk conditions have better outcomes when delivering in hospitals with specialty and subspecialty services, like those provided at Community Hospital North. Martha Allen, MSN, RN and regional director of the Community Health Network Perinatal Center said, “Studies show states that have certified perinatal levels of care have lower infant mortality rates, reduced healthcare costs and improved health outcomes.” Allen went on to say, “We deliver outstanding patient care every day to complicated perinatal patients and now we have the formal state designation that proves it.”

In 2019, Indiana legislated rules based on best practice guidelines by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and directed the Indiana State Department of Health to establish a program to certify the perinatal levels of care available at all Indiana birthing facilities. A Level III hospital provides care for the complex conditions and complications.

Community Hospital North will now apply to be a Perinatal Center. Perinatal Center designation is granted to Level III or IV hospitals that formally commit to supporting other hospitals in improving perinatal outcomes.

Julie Oelschlager, communications manager, Community Hospital North
Julie Oelschlager
Communications Manager, Community Hospital North