Ascension St. Vincent Anderson. (image courtesy: The Herald Bulletin)

Ascension St. Vincent Anderson was recently designated a Level 1 facility for obstetric care by the Indiana Department of Health. Our partners at The Herald Bulletin report the hospital applied for the designation three years ago.

Having these different levels of certification lets the state know that all delivering hospitals are meeting the same standard of care.

To get the certification, hospitals must meet a list of criteria, including having specific policies in place, having a certain number of staff and having specific equipment.

“Indiana has one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the county,” Stacy Lee, manager of the Ascension Anderson birthing center and pediatrics. “Governor Holcomb made it one of his initiatives to decrease that.”

Level 4 is the highest level of certification that a delivering hospital can obtain, while Level 1 is the lowest. Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis is one example of a Level 4 facility.

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