Tenn. ‘Best for Babies’ award given Tennova

Posted 11/11/17

Seven Tennessee

birthing hospitals, including Tennova-Cleveland, have been recognized for the

services they provide to babies and their families.Hospitals receive the

recognition for …

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Tenn. ‘Best for Babies’ award given Tennova


Seven Tennessee birthing hospitals, including Tennova-Cleveland, have been recognized for the services they provide to babies and their families.

Hospitals receive the recognition for three improvements or hitting standards in breastfeeding, more than 39 weeks elective deliveries of babies, and safe sleep where babies need to sleep on their back practices. Tennova-Cleveland met these standards, and was one of only two in the area doing so, joining Erlanger Baroness Hospital in Chattanooga.

“This award is a tremendous recognition for our facility and the health of our community," stated Coleman Foss, chief executive officer of Tennova- Cleveland.  "This recognition was made possible by an amazing team of physicians and staff who are dedicated to bringing quality healthcare to Cleveland.  It is rewarding to see their commitment to excellence being highlighted at the state level."

Bridget Hayes, RN, BSN, director of Women Services, agreed the staff at Tennova led to the state recognition.

"Our staff and physicians contributed heavily to this, laid the foundation for this award," Hayes said.

Laura Franklin, RN, BSN, MBA, assistant chief nursing officer, said there are over 1,000 babies born per year at the local hospital.

Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, presented the honor.

"We want the public to know we have services for babies here at Tennova," Franklin stated.

The criteria that are met by the hospital may be totally different than when the current moms were born.

"These are just culture changes, and are best for newborns," Hayes said.

"We offer classes that help prospective mothers or moms of babies to be knowledgeable about their babies," Franklin added.

These classes are not just for the moms, but also for fathers, grandparents, and others who will be caring for the babies.

"We want to educate the community of these best practices," Hayes noted.

"We have seven birthing rooms, with four being equipped with tubs where the moms feel better during labor," Franklin added.

The average time working with babies for the children's services staff at Tennova is 15 years, with one person there working in the program for 47 years.

"We have a great staff, great doctors and a great facility for birthing babies," Hayes said.

Hospitals that won the special "Best for Babies" recognitions include:

• Erlanger – Baroness Hospital, Chattanooga

• Hardin Medical Center, Savannah

• Indian Path Medical Center, Kingsport

• Laughlin Memorial Hospital, Greeneville

• Northcrest Medical Center, Springfield

• Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, Nashville

• Tennova Healthcare – Cleveland, Cleveland 

The BEST award will be given annually to qualifying hospitals.


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