Norton Community Hospital recognized for reducing number of early deliveries


Posing with the recognition
banner presented to Norton Community's
Family Birth Center are
(left to right) VHHA Vice President of Quality and
Patient Safety Abraham Segres; Dr. Matthew Lenhard,
OB-GYN; Dr. Rubye Moore, OB-GYN; Shawna
Sweney, RN; Family Birth Center
Director Tandy Wilson; Kathy Mason,
RN; Gabriella Massie, RN; Norton
Community CEO Mark Leonard; Carletta
Fannon, LPN; Chief Nursing Officer
Mitch Kennedy; and March of
Dimes Community Director Nikki Hicks.

NORTON, Va. – Norton Community Hospital’s Family Birth Center received statewide recognition on Monday, May 12, 2014, for successful efforts to reduce the number of elective, non-medically necessary births before the 39th week of pregnancy to 0 percent, below the March of Dimes goal of 5 percent or less. The hospital is one of only 26 in the state and the only hospital in Wise Co., to be presented with the prestigious recognition and a banner by the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) and the March of Dimes.

VHHA and the March of Dimes are partnering to recognize Virginia hospitals that are making strides to improve the quality of care for moms and babies after nationwide statistics have shown an alarming rise in the number of pre-term births. Babies born early have smaller brains, less developed lungs and are more likely to have health complications and need neonatal intensive care.

“The babies born at Norton Community are the future of our community and our world,” said CEO Mark Leonard. “It’s critical that we do all we can to protect the health and future of those most vulnerable patients and do what we can to give them the best possible start in life.”  

Representatives from VHHA and the March of Dimes presented the 6- x 3-foot recognition banner on Monday to CEO Mark Leonard; Family Birth Center Director Tandy Wilson, Dr. Rose Ann Freundel, Dr. Matthew Lenhard, Dr. Rubye Moore and Norton Community Chief Nursing Officer Mitch Kennedy.   The banner will be displayed at the Family Birth Center throughout the year.

For more information about the serious health risks for non-medically necessary pre-term births, visit the March of Dimes info page at:

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