Reducing Infant Mortality

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Reducing infant mortality is one of Indiana’s most pressing patient safety challenges. Best in midwest1.png

The Indiana Hospital Association (IHA) is committed to partnering with hospitals' efforts to create a highly-reliable obstetric care system throughout the state of Indiana. In 2018, the state of Indiana received a challenge from Governor Eric Holcomb to reduce Indiana's infant mortality to be the lowest in the Midwest states or, in other words, to become the “Best in the Midwest by 2024".

Preliminary data released by the Indiana Department of Health shows the statewide infant mortality rate fell from 6.8 per 1,000 live births in 2018 to 6.5 in 2019. The mortality rate among Black infants fell from 13.0 in 2018 to 11.0 in 2019.  A total of 527 Indiana babies died before their first birthdays in 2019, down from 559 in 2018 and 602 in 2017.

Through funding from House Enrolled Act 1005 the Indiana Department of Health created the Safety PIN grant program. This program has allowed IHA as a recipient to develop and execute a statewide strategy to implement hospital safe sleep practices and to create the INspire Hospital of Distinction recognition program. 

INspire: Hospital of Distinction 2020  

Hoosier birthing hospitals are rising to the challenge of reducing maternal and infant mortality. IHA is pleased to celebrate them this year through the INspire Hospital of Distinction recognition program. INspire was developed to encourage the implementation of best-practice care for Hoosier moms and babies and recognize hospitals for excellence in addressing key drivers of maternal and infant health.

2020 hospital award recipients earned either an INspire Hospital of Distinction or a Category of Excellence recognition based on five key areas of infant safe sleep, breastfeeding, tobacco prevention and cessation, perinatal substance use, and AIM Patient Safety Bundle: Obstetric Hemorrhage. 

Hospitals achieving a Category of Excellence recognition by meeting the criteria in one, two, or three of the 2020 categories:
​Adams Memorial Hospital
​Cameron Memorial Community Hospital
​Community Hospital of Bremen
​Daviess Community Hospital
​Franciscan Health Crown Point
​Franciscan Health Hammond
​Highpoint Health
​Indiana  University Health Bloomington Hospital
​Indiana University Health North Hospital
​Indiana University Health Paoli Hospital
​Logansport Memorial Hospital
​Margaret Mary Health
​Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center
​Parkview LaGrange Hospital
​Parkview Wabash Hospital
​Perry County Memorial Hospital
​Porter Regional
​Riverview Health
​Witham Health Services


 Hospitals achieving the Inspire Hospital of Distinction recognition by meeting the criteria in four or five of the 2020 categories:
Ascension St. Vincent Anderson
​Ascension St. Vincent Carmel
​Ascension St. Vincent Dunn
​Ascension St. Vincent Evansville
​Ascension St. Vincent Fishers
​Ascension St. Vincent Kokomo
​Ascension St. Vincent Randolph 
​Ascension St. Vincent Women's 
​Baptist Health Floyd
​Bluffton Regional Medical Center
​Clark Memorial  Health
​Columbus Regional  Hospital
​Community Hospital Anderson
​Community Hospital East
​Community Hospital (Munster)
​Community Hospital North
​Community Hospital South
​Community Howard Regional Health
​Decatur County Memorial  Hospital
​Dupont Hospital
​Elkhart General Hospital
​Eskenazi Health - Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital
​Franciscan Health Indianapolis
​Franciscan Health Lafayette East
​Franciscan Health Michigan City
​Franciscan Health Mooresville
​Good Samaritan
​Goshen Health
​Green County General Hospital
​Hancock Regional Health
​Hendricks Regional Health
​Henry Community Health
​Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital
​Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital
​Indiana University Health Jay Hospital
Riley Children's Health at Indiana University Health  Methodist Hospital 
​Indiana University  Health West Hospital
​Johnson Memorial Health
​King's Daughter's Health
​Kosciusko Community Hospital
​LaPorte Hospital
​Lutheran Hospital of Indiana
​Major Hospital
​Marion General Hospital
​Memorial Hospital of South Bend
​Methodist Hospitals, Northlake Campus
​Methodist Hospitals, Southlake Campus
​Parkview DeKalb Hospital
​Parkview Hospital Randallia
​Parkview Huntington Hospital
​Parkview Noble Hospital
​Parkview Regional Medical Center
​Parkview Whitley Hospital
​Pulaski Memorial Hospital
​Reid Health
Saint Joseph Health System - Mishawaka Medical Center
Saint Joseph Health System - Plymouth Medical Center​
​Schneck Medical Center
​St. Catherine Hospital
​St. Mary Medical Center
Terre Haute Regional Hospital 
​The Women's Hospital (Deaconess)
Union Hospital​
​Woodlawn Hospital

Indiana Department of Health Perinatal Centers Notification

In May 2014, the Indiana Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative (IPQIC) endorsed the recommendation that Coordinated Perinatal Systems of Care be established that will promote high-quality service delivery systems and risk-appropriate health care before, during, and after pregnancy for all women of childbearing age. There is significant evidence that a statewide coordinated perinatal system of care will improve infant mortality and morbidity. The coordinated system also promotes and ensures that all hospitals, regardless of level, have an important role to play in assuring that all babies born in Indiana have the best start of life. The Indiana Department of Health recently completed the review of applications for delivery hospitals seeking Perinatal Centers of designation. As a reminder, all delivery hospitals (non-Centers) must affiliate with a Center within 12 months of notification, so 11/2/21. If a hospital does not affiliate in that time period, IDOH can start assigning affiliates as needed.

     Perinatal Centers

Ascension St. Vincent Evansville

Ascension St. Vincent Women's

Community Hospital North

Deaconess The Women's Hospital

Dupont Hospital

Riley Children's Health at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital

Lutheran Hospital of Indiana

Memorial Hospital of South Bend

Parkview Regional Medical Center

Saint Joseph Health System- Mishawaka Medical Center

See the complete IDOH announcement here​.

​2019 Perinatal Substance Use Conference Presentations

​​​Looking at the Bigger Picture: Supporting Families from Trauma-Informed and Health Equity Approaches, Lenora Marcellus, RN​

​State & Local Response to Perinatal Substance Use Disorders - IPQIC/Community Health Network ​​

Perinatal SUD Progress Report for Northeast Indiana​​​​​

Labor of Love

The Safety PIN program is just one of many initiatives to help reduce infant mortality in Indiana. Labor of Love: Helping Indiana Reduce Infant Death provides all pregnant women in Indiana the support they need to give birth to healthy babies.

The campaign educates Hoosiers to ensure that more babies survive their first year of life, focusing on the importance of:

  • Early and regular prenatal care Generic-PageImage-Med.png
  • Safe sleep practices
  • Avoiding tobacco, drugs, and alcohol before, during, and after pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding

For more information about how to get involved in the Safety PIN program or Labor of Love, email Annette Handy or call 317-423-7795. ​​


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