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The exterior of Logansport Memorial Hospital, pictured on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in Logansport.

Logansport Memorial Hospital [LMH] has received recognition from state and national health care organizations.

In October, the Indiana Hospital Association [IHA], in partnership with Gov. Eric J. Holcomb and State Health Commissioner Kris Box, was designated a Hospital of Distinction came in late October at the first annual INspire Hospital of Distinction recognition program.

INspire, funded by the Indiana Department of Health’s Safety PIN grant, was developed to implement the delivery of best practice care for Hoosier moms and babies and recognize hospitals for excellence in addressing key drivers of infant and maternal health.

In early November, LMH earned a Clean Facility Certificate from the Association for the Health Care Environment [AHE], the recognized authority in health care environmental services, and professional membership group of the American Hospital Association.

AHE released the “Pathways to Clean” certificate program as a resource for members and the environmental services community at large in response to COVID-19.

LMH earned the first honor, the INspire recognition, based on implementing best practices in five key areas: infant safe sleep, breastfeeding, tobacco prevention and cessation, perinatal substance use and obstetric hemorrhage.

“We are very proud to have received this prestigious recognition from the state of Indiana and the Indiana Hospital Association,” said Tara McVay, chief nursing officer for Logansport Memorial Hospital.

“The team of board-certified OB/GYNs, caring nurses and dedicated support staff that we have is exceptional. Our team is focused on providing safe, high-quality care for the moms and babies we serve across the north central Indiana region.”

Holcomb said, “Indiana’s birthing hospitals are critical partners as we work to drive down infant mortality. Thanks to their efforts, Indiana’s infant mortality rate has fallen to the lowest level in state recorded history. Together we will continue this important work to save even more lives and give every Hoosier newborn the best opportunity ahead.”

Box noted that among many successes, Indiana has seen a nearly 30% drop in Indiana’s black infant mortality rate in just two years.

“I am inspired by the work and passion our birthing hospitals bring to make sure all babies born in Indiana have the best start at life,” Box said. “Reducing infant and maternal mortality requires a multi-pronged approach over the course of many years to see impactful change. We’re seeing that change happen, but we can’t stop now. We must continue to adopt best practices so that we can celebrate more first birthdays in Indiana.”

IHA President Brian Tabor said, “We look forward to building on the progress we’ve made and achieving Governor Holcomb’s goal for Indiana to have the lowest rate of infant mortality in the Midwest by 2024.”

For the Clean Facility Certificate, Logansport Memorial Hospital Environmental Services Manager Samantha Scruggs completed the Pathways to Clean certificate program, which includes training and education content related to COVID-19, infection prevention strategies, cleaning, disinfection, sanitation, emerging pathogens and preparedness for biological events.

She has implemented this specialized education into all processes that our Environmental Services team follows and uses to maintain the hospital environment for our patients.

Perry Gay, President and CEO of Logansport Memorial Hospital, stated, “The entire Environmental Services team has been diligent, focused, and consistent with increased cleaning protocols and processes since the beginning of COVID-19 in our community, because keeping our facility clean keeps our staff and patients safe.”

He went on to state, “This is another amazing example of the way that all members of our staff are willing to work together to achieve the highest standards of certification for the care that we provide. I am extremely proud as I watch them fulfill our mission and bring our vision to life, going above and beyond to exceed the needs and desires of our patients. Logansport Memorial Hospital will remain committed to maintaining a hygienically clean and safe facility that you can count on, through COVID-19 and beyond for the patients and families that we serve.”

Learn more about this certification online at www.ahe.org/pathways-clean.

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