May 12, 2022
TriStar Summit Medical Center has been named a BEST Award recipient by the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), in partnership with the Tennessee Hospital Association (THA), for its efforts to reduce infant mortality by promoting best practices in three key areas. The BEST award stands for Breastfeeding, Early elective delivery reduction and Safe sleep for Tennessee babies.
”TriStar Summit is committed to improving the health of all moms and babies through promoting evidence-based practices, including breastfeeding, safe sleep and reducing early elective deliveries,” said Daphne David, CEO, TriStar Summit Medical Center. “Our team of OBGYNs, specialty providers and specially-trained nurses provide a compassionate and safe environment for all moms during birth ensuring women have the resources they need both during and after their hospital stay.”
For 2020, Tennessee's infant mortality rate of 6.3 deaths per 1,000 live births exceeded the national rate of 5.6 deaths per 1,000 live births. According to the Tennessee Department of Health, increasing breastfeeding, reducing early elective delivery, and increasing adherence to safe sleep practices can reduce infant deaths and increase the number of babies celebrating their first birthday.
For more information about TriStar Summit or a free physician referral, please call TriStar MedLine at 615.342.1919 or visit TriStarSummit.com. TriStar Health’s Ask-A-Nurse service provides answers to your healthcare concerns, anytime day or night, at (615) 514-0757.