SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital awards $75,000 maternal health grant to the Arthur Center

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital awards $75,000 maternal health grant to the Arthur Center
From left to right: Mida Sison-Martinez, vice president of patient care services/chief nursing officer at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital; Terry Mackey, CEO for Arthur Center Community Health; Ashley Arens, director of surgical services at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital; Mike Baumgartner, regional president, SSM Health mid-Missouri region. [Submitted photo]

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital-Audrain recently presented a community health improvement grant in the amount of $75,460 to Arthur Center Community Health. The money will go toward the Maternal Health Project, providing the center with an opportunity to enhance services to improve access and maternal health outcomes, particularly for those most in need.

“SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital-Audrain is pleased to partner with the Arthur Center to implement this program and make a difference in the lives of people in Mexico and the surrounding communities,” said Becky Miller, chief operating officer for SSM Health in mid-Missouri.

Specifically, the Arthur Center will use the grant to create and staff the maternal health nurse navigator program that will address both priority health and social issues in Mexico and the surrounding communities. The program will engage hospitals and local providers to improve safety, quality, communication and coordination of care through care navigation, a centering pregnancy group care model, peer support and education strategies.

In addition, the project will address maternal health, improve access, address disparities and co-existing medical factors including mood and anxiety disorders and substance use disorder through increased access to providers, mental health evaluation through screenings and referral and telehealth services.

The Arthur Center will work to hire the nurse navigator by the end of December. Local hospital leaders will continue to collaborate to fully implement the program.

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