Saint Joseph Health System (SJHS) was recognized Wednesday by the Indiana Hospital Association (IHA), in partnership with Governor Eric J. Holcomb and State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, for its commitment to infant and maternal health at the second 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.

Saint Joseph Plymouth Medical Center earned a “Category of Excellence” and Saint Joseph Mishawaka Medical Center earned a “Hospital of Distinction” recognition. These recognitions are based on implementing best practices in six key areas, including infant safe sleep, breastfeeding, tobacco prevention and cessation, perinatal substance use, obstetric hemorrhage and maternal hypertension.

“Saint Joseph Health System is honored to be recognized by the IHA for our efforts to improve the overall health of infants born in our medical centers,” said Loretta Schmidt, SJHS Chief Nursing Officer. “We are committed to increasing awareness of infant mortality and educating new mothers to provide the safest possible environment they can for their newborn.”

“Indiana hospitals are grateful for the leadership of Gov. Holcomb and Dr. Box and are thrilled to be a partner in Indiana’s effort to reduce infant mortality,” said IHA President Brian Tabor. “We look forward to building on the progress we’ve made.”

Indiana Hospital Association serves as the professional trade association for more than 170 acute care, critical access, behavioral health and other specialized hospitals in Indiana.