SANTA FE – CHRISTUS ST. VINCENT Regional Medical Center today announced a new public health program that aims to provide prenatal care to all pregnant women in Santa Fe County, regardless of their ability to pay.
The hospital is responding to its recently completed Community Health Needs Assessment, which found that up to 24 percent of pregnant women in Santa Fe County do not receive prenatal care in any form for themselves or their unborn babies in the first trimester.
“This is unacceptable for our community,” said CEO Bruce Tassin. “When we found that up to 24 percent of pregnant women in Santa Fe County do not get prenatal care in the first trimester, we decided that we would start a public health program to try to provide prenatal care for every pregnant woman in our area.”
“Our goal is to have 100 percent of pregnant women receiving prenatal care in Santa Fe County, regardless of ability to pay,” Tassin said.
The program, called HEALTHY BABIES, starts immediately, said hospital officials. The program will work in partnership with other providers to ensure that all pregnant women in Santa Fe County receive prenatal care, regardless of their ability to pay.
Specialists in health care have long ago determined that proper prenatal care can prevent health problems for babies and maintain the health of the mother during and after the birth.
CHRISTUS ST. VINCENT announced that if affordability is an issue for a woman in need, the hospital will pay for the prenatal care for that woman. In other cases, CHRISTUS ST. VINCENT will work with health plans and Medicaid and Affordable Care Act providers to provide payment, and in the case of an unaffordable shortfall, it will pay the difference.
The hospital also announced an outreach campaign to reach out and identify pregnant women who need assistance in getting prenatal care. The campaign will run advertisements and public service announcements to find pregnant women in need of services, and let them know that cost is not a roadblock to getting care.
“We are going to reach out to our community and say, if you need prenatal care, we will provide it, and if you can’t pay, we will make arrangements for payment,” said Lillian Montoya, Vice President of Public Policy.
For more information or to sign up for prenatal services, please contact us.
Women in need of prenatal services can call this number and arrange for prenatal care to begin immediately.