Fort Wayne, Ind. – Monday, April 16, 2012 — Parkview Health has been selected as the Member Organization of the Year from the Indiana Perinatal Network (IPN). The award was presented recently at a forum in Indianapolis.
The Indiana Perinatal Network Membership Awards are presented each year to an outstanding individual and organization. The goal is to honor contributions to the field of perinatal health and to recognize those who are working to improve the health and lives of mothers and babies in Indiana. Winners are chosen by a selection committee from a pool of all IPN members.
Parkview Health has been an IPN Education Partner since 2009. Parkview staff members have been active participants on conference planning and policy committees, as well as the State Perinatal Advisory Board. Parkview Health also became one of the top distributing agencies in the state for the Gates Foundation Crib Program and has worked with IPN to host numerous educational events in northeast Indiana.
“The IPN Membership Awards are designed to give some well-deserved recognition to individuals and organizations going above and beyond the call of duty for moms and babies in Indiana,” said Larry Humbert, MSSW, PgDip, Executive Director of IPN. “Parkview Health has been a long-time and invaluable supporter of IPN, and we are extremely proud to honor them with this award.”
In addition, Parkview is a partner of the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, who won the Julie A. Foster Communication Award.
In 2007, the Foundation became increasingly concerned about the large influx of Burmese refugees in the Allen County area and the health issues they faced. Healthcare providers and non-English speaking refugees were having a difficult time communicating and were forced to rely on interpreters or family members who lacked sufficient knowledge of medical terminology.
In 2011, the Foundation created an innovative program to help bridge the language and cultural barriers by offering virtual interpretation and healthcare navigation services. The program uses trained, culturally sensitive staff members who utilize secure video conferencing from a central location to enhance communication between patients and providers.
The program has proved to be highly successful. The Foundation and partners like Parkview are improving the health of families and babies in northeast Indiana.