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Published on March 03, 2017

Avera McKennan Earns Joint Commission Perinatal Care Certification


Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center announced that it has earned Perinatal Care Certification from the Joint Commission.

The certification recognizes Avera McKennan, a Joint Commission-accredited facility, and its commitment to achieving integrated, coordinated and patient-centered care for mothers and newborn children.

Joint Commission experts completed a rigorous onsite review to assess compliance with its certification standards for perinatal care, which is a specialty form of multidisciplinary care for expecting mothers and their children, both before and after birth, when an anatomical or genetic defect is identified.

During the review, reviewers evaluated Avera McKennan’s perinatal health care services, as well as these key requirements:

  • Integrated, coordinated patient-centered care that starts with prenatal and continues through postpartum care
  • Early identification of high-risk pregnancies and births
  • Management of mothers’ and newborns’ risks at a level corresponding to the program’s capabilities
  • Available patient education and information about perinatal care services

Avera McKennan Regional President & CEO Dave Kapaska, DO, said the accreditation demonstrates Avera’s dedication to newborn children as well as their mothers.

“It’s an honor to receive perinatal care certification from The Joint Commission, because it is recognized as the leading accrediting body in the nation,” Kapaska said. “Achieving this certification shows the focus our leadership and staff have when it comes to ongoing quality-improvement processes to enhance care for mothers and newborns.”

The Joint Commission awards Perinatal Care Certification for two-year periods of time only in hospitals that hold accreditation with it.

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