Hackensack University Medical Center First Hospital in the Nation to Receive Advanced Certification in Perinatal Care   
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Hackensack University Medical Center First Hospital in the Nation to Receive Advanced Certification in Perinatal Care

What You Need to Know

Hackensack University Medical Center earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification in Perinatal Care (ACPC) - the first hospital to do so.

At Hackensack University Medical Center, there were no maternal deaths in 2022. The C-section rate continues to decline across the Hackensack Meridian Health network. Health care professionals at Hackensack Meridian Health are committed to the work of addressing racial and ethnic disparities by using data-driven strategies and focusing on improving cultural competency and reducing inherent bias. 

The certification recognizes Hackensack University Medical Center’s efforts to achieve integrated, coordinated, and patient-centered prenatal through postpartum care, including both complicated and uncomplicated pregnancies.

The certification uses standards, guidelines and The Joint Commission’s perinatal care measure set for managing and monitoring aspects of perinatal care that are critical to improving and maintaining the health of newborns and their mothers.

Hackensack University Medical Center underwent a rigorous, onsite review on January 23, 2023. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with related certification standards. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

About the Team at Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital

The teams at the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital were found to execute a multidisciplinary approach and patient-centered plan of care that aligns with the growing need for quality, compassionate obstetric care addressed with the ACPC. According to the Joint Commission, the top three reasons Hackensack University Medical Center achieved this certification are:

  • Improved efficiencies and outcomes
  • Reduced unwanted variations in care and improve the patient experience
  • Aligned communication and collaboration among all disciplines

Hackensack Meridian Health continues to set the standard for excellence in maternal health in the communities it serves. 

Watch the announcement and First Lady Tammy Murphy’s address here. Read more about the ACPC and Joint Commission here

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