SICHC physicians and staff “count it a privilege” to help support OB services at a hospital ranked high by U.S. News and World Report officials.
PAOLI, Indiana – The IU Health Paoli Hospital recently received news that its obstetrics services had been one of only three Indiana hospitals ranked as “high performing” in a recent national account by U.S. News and World Report. The news source’s first ever “Best Hospitals for Maternity” list named the OB services at IU Bloomington, St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart and the IU Health Paoli hospital as “high performing in adult maternity care.”
Hospital data for uncomplicated pregnancies was considered for the evaluation, which included the objective factors of early deliveries, Cesarean sections, newborn complications, and rate of exclusive breast milk feeding.
“SICHC is privileged to have three physicians who deliver pregnancies at IU Health Paoli, supported by IU OB nursing staff,” said Nancy Radcliff, SICHC CEO. “Dr. Yolanda Yoder, Dr. Sean Salés and Dr. Karen Farris from our SICHC staff all hold hospital privileges at the Paoli facility and deliver babies – all three can assist in Cesarean surgery as needed.”
“We at SICHC are extraordinarily grateful that IU Health Paoli maintains these critical OB services in the region,” said Dr. Yoder. “It wasn’t that long ago when the possibility existed that no hospital-based OB services might be available—IU Health serves as a critical service provider here.”
Dr. Yoder continued: “We also know firsthand that patients appreciate the personal care they get at a small community hospital with a team of care providers that are supported by the strength of IU Health behind them.”
“SICHC congratulates IU Health Paoli on achieving this high performing ranking and we count it a privilege for the opportunity to serve and be on their team,” Radcliff said.
Quoted in area media, IU Health Paoli President Larry Bailey said the Paoli hospital “was particularly proud of our maternity services—we are a small team and we work very hard to make every person’s maternity experience a positive one.”
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About the Southern Indiana Community Health Care (SICHC) nonprofit organization – Well-known as a high-impact health care provider committed to continuity of care, the nonprofit Southern Indiana Community Health Care (SICHC) organization is committed to providing high-quality, comprehensive, community-sensitive health care utilizing Christ-centered principles to medically underserved, rural communities. As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), SICHC serves as a “safety net” provider for vulnerable populations and focuses on increasing access to primary care services for Medicaid and Medicare patients in rural communities. SICHC offers medical care in medically underserved areas of Crawford, Martin, Orange, and Washington counties. SICHC is a member of the National Health Services Corps and receives program funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. SICHC offers services to all persons, regardless of the person’s ability to pay. For more information, please visit https://sichc.org/