PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Centering Healthcare Institute has been honored by the Premier healthcare alliance with the 18th Annual Monroe E. Trout Premier Cares Award for its CenteringPregnancy Group Prenatal Care program, which provides an innovative prenatal group care model now present in more than 300 sites across America. Centering Healthcare Institute last night received the Cares Award and $70,000 for the work it has done to provide care to mothers and babies nationwide.
Sponsored by Premier and its member hospitals, the Cares Award recognizes exemplary efforts by not-for-profit community organizations to improve the health of populations in need. Representatives of the Centering Healthcare Institute (CHI) received the Cares Award during Premier's annual Governance Education Conference, January 25-27 in Phoenix.
Since 2001, Centering Healthcare Institute (www.centeringhealthcare.org) has had the mission "to change the paradigm of health services to a group care model in order to improve the overall health outcomes of mothers and babies across the life cycle." CHI's executive director, Sharon Rising, developed CenteringPregnancy ® to bring women out of the exam room into a group setting where they receive basic prenatal checkups, build community with other women, and gain knowledge and skills in pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. Overall, women in this group care experience a 33 percent lower rate of preterm birth, demonstrating a dramatic impact on health outcomes.
"The efforts of these great organizations are making an impact and Premier is thrilled to highlight the amazing work being done," said Susan DeVore, Premier's president and CEO. "Simply, they are transforming the way healthcare is delivered in our communities."
A panel of hospital professionals, as well as health and business industry leaders, selects the winner and five finalists, which all receive cash awards for use in further improving their programs. Winning Cares Award programs are used to spotlight these community-based healthcare initiatives and to assist in replicating best practice programs through the Cares Award Web site.