Physicians & Providers:
St. Joseph’s Health was awarded a grant to reduce premature births
in Central New York.
The Preemie Prevention grant team is committed to improving the health outcomes of women and children in Central New York.
Our team is dedicated to working collaboratively to provide and support resources that help women to deliver healthy, full-term babies. Through implementation of evidence-based strategies, screening of all pregnant women, development of action plans and referrals to appropriate additional resources that make sense for mom and baby, we can make a difference.
The grant team consists of: Deanna Legnetto, MPA; Jose Bells Thomas, BSN; Martha Ryan, RN, MPS; Courtney Tulli, Public Health Intern; and Ally Stanton Public Health Intern at Syracuse University. For materials, resources or more information about Preemie Prevention, please contact Deanna at 315.382.6791 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Joseph’s Health is committed to providing women with integrated, individualized care within one system. St. Joseph’s Health Women’s Physician Referral Services can help patients find the physician who will best fit their individual medical needs. Please use the information below to speak with a Physician Referral Specialist to start a better health care experience.
World Health Organization Key facts:
Every year, an estimated 15 million babies are born premature (before 37 completed weeks of gestation), and this number is rising.
Premature birth complications are the leading cause of death among children under 5 years of age, responsible for approximately 1 million deaths in 2015 (1).
Three-quarters of these deaths could be prevented with current, cost-effective interventions.
Across 184 countries, the rate of premature birth ranges from 5% to 18% of babies born.
How We Can Help!
The Preemie Prevention team uses the following strategies to reduce premature births:
• Advocate and assist with Model of Care action plan creation and implementation
• Assist staff who will be responsible for developing an action plan and implementation of the model of care
• Encourage the use and documentation of evidence-based screening criteria for risk factors associated with premature birth
• Engage with health care professionals to make integrated medical record enhancements
• Provide a comprehensive list of patient and provider resources that are relevant to each risk factor and available to the patients that have positive findings
• Retrieve, analyze and review baseline and continuous data from partner organizations to monitor success
• Facilitate the development of a quality improvement plan to monitor outcomes and sustain the initiative
To reach the goals of the grant, a standard model of care has been developed. This is a complete reference tool that can be used by birthing hospitals and OB affiliated practices as a guide to address four of the risk factors associated with premature births. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and the NYS Medicaid Prenatal Care Guidelines have been used as the foundation in this model of care.
How does SJH measure up?
As an integral part of the Syracuse and Central New York community for nearly 150 years, St. Joseph’s Health provides quality and compassionate care to all.
St. Joseph’s is in a unique position to facilitate this initiative and has had experience with similar projects. In 2004, St. Joseph’s Health received grants worth nearly $1.2 million to establish The Central New York Regional Center for Tobacco Health Systems (the Center). In 2009, St. Joseph’s received a five-year, $1.3 million state grant to effect system change in relation to tobacco dependence treatment. In 2014, the Center was awarded two five-year state grants totaling $3 million to further tobacco health system initiatives in a fourteen county area.
Today, the Center positively impacts tobacco cessation initiatives and implements system and policy change. A recent success was the passing of Tobacco 21 legislation in Onondaga County.
In regards to managing prenatal care, St. Joseph’s comprehensive new maternity services and Level III Perinatal Center with a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are guided by a multidisciplinary team of expert physicians, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners and registered nurses who work together to develop a plan of care that meets both a woman’s and baby’s physical and emotional needs.
St. Joseph’s places the most advanced pregnancy and birthing technologies in the expert hands of our physicians and nurses. St. Joseph’s further excels through our unmatched quality and compassionate care. Such recognition serves as further motivation to always strive for higher-quality maternity care. As a result, St. Joseph’s Health has earned the following awards and distinctions:
• U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Hospital
• 2018 Women’s Choice Award For Obstetrics
• BFUSA Baby Friendly Designation 2014 – 2019
• Magnet Designation
• Bluecross Blueshield Blue Distinction Center For Maternity Care
• 2017 Guardian Of Excellence Award
What can the Preemie Prevention team offer health care facilities?
- A stipend to offset expenses related to the implementation of the identified strategies
- Enhance the medical record to allow for self-evaluation, auditing and quality improvement
- Ready the provider and health care organization for the future of value-based payment in the specific category relating to premature births
- Share coding and billing resources for the reimbursement of screening and counseling processes
- Provide a network of referrals to complete the circle of care after identifying positive screenings