FAMILY CENTERED CARE NOW OFFERED AT BDHS

NOVEMBER 19, 2012
Bozeman Deaconess Maternal-Newborn Services is being reborn, with a new focus on caring for new families. Starting this month, patients in the Bozeman Deaconess Maternal-Newborn will receive “family centered care” from one designated nurse per shift who cares for both mother and baby during their entire hospital stay.

Previously, one nurse was assigned to the new mother and a different nurse cared for the newborn, often in the Nursery. “Now moms and babies stay together and are nurtured by the same nurse,” said Susan Connell, manager of Bozeman Deaconess Maternal-Newborn Services. “If the mom wants to, she can keep her baby in her room the whole time she’s here. We encourage that.”

The latest newborn nursing standard, which has been endorsed as the ideal care model by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses, has been adopted by more than 2,200 hospitals nationwide.

The improved care program gives new mothers more time with their infants, so they learn their babies’ feeding cues and other normal newborn behavior. “That empowers a better transition home,” said Beckie Walter, BSN, RN, CLC. “Moms are more confident, and get more practice. They accomplish total newborn care with the help of staff.”

Not only does the program provide more individualized nurse-to-patient attention, Connell said, it also means fewer interruptions, so mom can rest when baby does. Nurses are assigned to care for just two or three families at a time. Babies who need special medical attention will continue to be assigned to a neonatal specialist nurse.
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Recognized by National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Physician Practice Connections—Patient-Centered Medical Home program for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term participative relationships. Practices receiving recognition are Bozeman Deaconess Belgrade Clinic, Bridger Internal Medicine, Spinelli Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine Associates, and Family Medicine and Pediatrics.
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FAMILY MEDICINE

Generally speaking, a family medicine doctor is a full spectrum physician who treats all members of the family providing continuous and comprehensive health care.

Bozeman Deaconess Family Medicine physicians deliver a range of acute, chronic, and preventive medical care services. In addition to diagnosing and treating illness, they provide preventive care, including routine checkups, health-risk assessments, immunizations, and screening tests, as well as personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Family physicians manage chronic illness, while coordinating care provided by other sub specialists.

Our family medicine physicians enjoy being a part of the whole family. Knowing the dynamics of multiple generations and caring for each is part of their approach to good medical care for the entire family.

Medical Home

Medical Home is a team-led, patient-centered approach to health care, where the patient is the most important player on their healthcare team. The patient and the medical home team develop a plan of care created specifically for the patient, focuses on wellness and prevention, keeps the patient connected with the health care team and coordinates care with other health care providers.

Bozeman Deaconess Health Group clinics each received NCQA Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home honors
Bozeman Deaconess Belgrade Clinic, Bridger Internal Medicine, Spinelli Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine Associates and Family Medicine and Pediatrics are recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term participative relationships. 


Recipient of 2011 Lighthouse Award for Innovation and Excellence in Immunization
Bozeman Deaconess Family Medicine and Pediatrics was awarded a 2011 Lighthouse Award for Innovation and Excellence in Immunization from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. The award, presented to a medical clinic in recognition of an outstanding immunization project, recognizes strategies that are evidence-based, evaluated for success and able to be replicated in other clinics.
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