INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – The Indiana State Department of Health has announced Obstetric and Neonatal Level III certification of Franciscan Health Indianapolis, signifying the steps that the hospital has taken to provide specialty care to patients with more complex maternal and fetal conditions and complications.
The hospital was notified of its designation on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, after satisfying the requirements for an Obstetric Level of Care III and Neonatal Level of Care III facility. Those requirements include 24-hour in-house availability of a neonatologist and obstetrician, along with other support services. Angela Bratina, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, NE-BC, director of the Family Birth Center at Franciscan Health Indianapolis, noted that the designation also requires a high level of quality improvement and education of all members of hospital team.
Franciscan Health Indianapolis is the first hospital in south Indianapolis to complete the designation process as a Level III. The State Department of Health completed its Perinatal Level of Care certification visit on February 27. The certification is effective for three years and will be posted on the premises to be viewed by patients.
"Our team provides high quality, compassionate care and I am proud that the Indiana State Department of Health has recognized our work with this certification of excellence," Bratina said. "We will continue to work together to give our moms and babies the best outcomes possible."
Dr. James Callaghan, MD, president and CEO, said, "Franciscan Health is proud of the multi-disciplinary, family-centered model of care that we provide for our expectant moms and babies. Now, this certification further demonstrates our commitment to excellent care and best outcomes for our patients and supports our mission to Continue Christ's ministry in our Franciscan tradition."
Indiana's Perinatal Levels of Care rating system was signed into law in 2018 by Gov. Eric Holcomb as part of the state’' effort to reduce infant mortality. The system designates four levels of care to provide patients with information to help decide the best hospital for their delivery.