SPRINGFIELD, TENN. (November 1, 2017) – Tennessee officials and hospital representatives gathered at the Tennessee State Capitol on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 to announce the first “BEST for Babies” awards. Seven hospitals in Tennessee were recognized by the TN Department of Health (TDH) for their efforts to reduce infant deaths and give babies and their families the best possible start.
“I am happy to celebrate with the physicians, midwives and staff members awarded the BEST for Babies. Their outstanding care, focus on breastfeeding, reducing early elective delivery, and safe sleep, have culminated in the recognition as a top service in the area,” said Randy Davis, President and CEO of NorthCrest. “The support from the Tennessee Hospital Association combined with this team’s drive to be the Best for Babies illustrates how an independent, community hospital is still the best choice for where to deliver your baby.”
The BEST award stands for breastfeeding, early elective delivery reduction and safe sleep for Tennessee babies. Hospitals receiving the award meet the following criteria:
- Breastfeeding – an increase of five percent in newborn breastfeeding initiation rates from 2015 to 2016, or a minimum breastfeeding initiation rate of 90 percent in 2016
- Early elective delivery – hospitals should have early elective delivery rates at or lower than five percent for 2016
- Safe sleep – hospitals must have received Cribs for Kids® national safe sleep cert ification at a minimum of bronze level, submitted the TDH annual safe sleep hospital policy report for 2016 and demonstrate a minimum of 90 percent of cribs as safe in crib audits in the 2016 report
NorthCrest is one of seven birthing hospitals out of 64 in the State of Tennessee to be recognized as a BEST for Babies hospital.
About NorthCrest Medical Center:
NorthCrest Medical Center, a not-for-profit community hospital, has been providing compassionate, quality healthcare since 1956. With a mission of enhancing community and patient wellness, NorthCrest provides inpatient, outpatient, and emergency medical services to Northern Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky.
NorthCrest Medical Center is recognized as an “A” Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. The Joint Commission has recognized NorthCrest for five consecutive years as a top performer on key quality measures and has awarded NorthCrest with advanced certification for primary stroke centers and chest pain certification. NorthCrest has also been named an exemplar hospital by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.