CMC Awarded Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission

First in New Hampshire to Earn Distinction

Published 10/4/2018

Catholic Medical Center is pleased to announce it has earned Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission. The certification program recognizes Joint Commission accredited hospitals committed to achieving integrated, coordinated and patient-centered care for mothers and their newborns.

CMC’s programs – the Women’s Wellness & Fertility Center, the Pregnancy Care Center, The Mom’s Place, and the Special Care Nursery – underwent a rigorous onsite review in July to assess compliance with certification standards for perinatal care. During the review, Joint Commission experts completed an independent evaluation of CMC’s perinatal health care services, including:

  • Integrated, coordinated, patient-centered care from prenatal through postpartum
  • Early identification of high-risk pregnancies and birth
  • Management of mothers’ and newborns’ risks at a level corresponding to the program’s capabilities
  • Available patient education and information about perinatal care services 
“Achieving Perinatal Care Certification recognizes an organization’s commitment to healthy mothers and healthy babies,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “The certification gives providers an unparalleled advantage when it comes to preparing mothers for labor and delivery, while also being able to help them if complications arise.”

“CMC is fortunate to have so much skill, experience, and compassion on our team – including our own nurses, staff, and providers who work in close collaboration with the midwives and physicians from Dartmouth-Hitchcock,” said CMC President & CEO Joseph Pepe, MD. “This certification reflects our shared dedication to delivering and improving care for mothers and newborns.” 

Established in 2015, Perinatal Care Certification is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission accredited hospitals. 
The Joint Commission
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About CMC:
Catholic Medical Center (“CMC”), a member of GraniteOne Health, is a nonprofit regional health system, with a commitment to delivering the highest quality and most advanced healthcare to patients across New Hampshire.  CMC is the home of the nationally-renowned New England Heart & Vascular Institute, rated among the top cardiovascular programs in the country. Our doctors were the first in the state to perform a mechanical heart/left ventricular assist device implant and first in New England to implant the WATCHMAN™ for atrial fibrillation. CMC was also one of the first hospitals in New Hampshire to establish a joint venture with independent medical staff members when it became a partner in the freestanding Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center and imaging center. CMC’s birthing unit, The Mom’s Place, was the first hospital in the country to have a neonatal unit based on "couplet care.” Our nationally-accredited Breast Care Center was the first in the state to use contrast enhanced mammography and SAVI SCOUT® localization for breast surgery. With primary care practices that care for the very young to the young at heart and our dedication to community outreach programs, CMC is helping to foster a healthier community, everyday.