INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Hospital Association (IHA), in partnership with Governor Eric J. Holcomb and State Health Commissioner Lindsay Weaver, M.D., FACEP, recognized Indiana birthing hospitals today for their commitment to infant and maternal health at IHA’s fourth annual INspire Hospital of Distinction recognition program.
INspire, funded by the Indiana Department of Health’s (IDOH) Safety PIN grant, was developed to implement the delivery of best practice care for Hoosier moms and babies and recognize hospitals for excellence in addressing key drivers of infant and maternal health.
“The daily work of our delivering hospitals makes a monumental impact on the lives of so many Hoosier moms and infants in every corner of our state,” said Governor Holcomb. “These caregivers are much needed and appreciated, and we will continue to partner with them to support our shared goal of a healthy Hoosier tomorrow.”
“Our birthing hospitals work tremendously hard to make sure all babies born in Indiana have the best start at life, while caring for the mothers who delivered them,” said Dr. Weaver. “Reducing infant and maternal mortality requires a continued multi-pronged approach over the course of many years to see impactful change. It is heartening to see the progress we’ve made, but we must continue to adopt best practices so that we can celebrate more first birthdays in Indiana.”
This year, 95% of Indiana’s delivering facilities received recognition. Hospital award recipients earned either an INspire Hospital of Distinction or Category of Excellence recognition based on their performance in seven key areas, including infant safe sleep, breastfeeding, tobacco prevention and cessation, perinatal substance use, obstetric hemorrhage, maternal hypertension and social determinants of health. A list of award recipients and their recognition can be found here.
“The leadership and support of Governor Holcomb and Dr. Weaver are unmatched as we continue to find new ways to reduce infant mortality,” said IHA President Brian Tabor. “We are grateful for the progress made and look forward to finding new ways to build on our successes to further improve our metrics across the state.”
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