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Norton Community Hospital honored for efforts to reduce pre-term births

May 16th, 2014 11:15 pm by Staff Report

Norton Community Hospital honored for efforts to reduce pre-term births

NORTON — Norton Community Hospital's Family Birth Center has received statewide recognition for successful efforts to reduce the number of elective, non-medically necessary births before the 39th week of pregnancy to zero percent, below the March of Dimes goal of 5 percent or less.

The hospital is one of only 26 in Virginia, and the only hospital in Wise County, to receive the prestigious recognition and a banner by the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA) and the March of Dimes.

VHHA and the March of Dimes recognize Virginia hospitals making strides to improve the quality of care for mothers and their infants after nationwide statistics have shown an increase in the number of pre-term births. Babies born pre-term are more likely to have health complications and need neonatal intensive care.

"The babies born at Norton Community are the future of our community and our world," said NCH Chief Executive Officer Mark Leonard. "It is critical that we do all we can to protect the health and future of those most vulnerable patients."

Representatives from VHHA and the March of Dimes presented a banner this week to Leonard, NCH Family Birth Center Director Tandy Wilson, Drs. Rose Ann Freundel, Matthew Lenhard, Rubye Moore and NCH Chief Nursing Officer Mitch Kennedy. The banner will be displayed at the hospital's Family Birth Center throughout the year.

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