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Richmond University Medical Center Awarded Perinatal Care Re-Certification

November 20, 2018 – Richmond University Medical Center, the only hospital on Staten Island designated as “Baby Friendly,” by the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has earned Perinatal Care Re-Certification from The Joint Commission. The certification program recognizes Joint Commission accredited hospitals, such as the medical center, that are committed to achieving integrated, coordinated and patient-centered care for mothers and their newborns.

“Richmond University Medical Center cares for over 3,900 newborns annually,” said medical center President and CEO Daniel J. Messina, Ph.D, FACHE. “We register one of the highest infant survival rates in New York City with a survival rate of 997.2 out of 1,000 births, saving babies weighing as little as 1.5 pounds. We are delighted to receive perinatal care re-certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation.”

The medical center underwent a rigorous two-day onsite review this past September to assess its compliance with certification standards for perinatal care. The certification program uses standards, guidelines, and The Joint Commission’s perinatal care core performance measures for managing and monitoring aspects of perinatal care that are critical to improving and maintaining the health of newborns and their mothers. The review included interviews with staff and patients, auditing of charts and records, review of policies and procedures addressing risks to mothers’ and newborns, and quality practices in place for early identification of high-risk pregnancies and births. Additional metrics included physician engagement and teamwork, rigorous attention to quality metrics, patient education, and a strong focus on breastfeeding.

“Achieving Perinatal Care Certification recognizes an organization’s commitment to healthy mothers and healthy babies,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “The certification gives providers an unparalleled advantage when it comes to preparing mothers for labor and delivery, while also being able to help them if complications arise.”

Established in 2015, Perinatal Care Certification is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission accredited hospitals. Richmond University Medical Center first received certification two years ago.

Richmond University Medical Center is the only hospital on Staten Island designated “baby friendly” by the WHO and UNICEF and one of only 17 in the New York City area. The baby friendly hospital initiative is global program designed to encourage and recognize hospitals that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding. Only 27 hospitals in New York State carry this designation.

“This re-certification from the Joint Commission is a true testament to the team efforts of all of our disciplinary team members,” said Assistant Vice President of Women and Children Services and Nursing Education Victoria Orleman, MSN, RNC, IBCLC. “It is a true collaborative effort which starts with the support of our COO and Chief Nurse Officer Rosemarie Stazzone. Choosing the hospital in which to deliver a baby is among the most important decisions expectant families can make.   This recognition helps demonstrate to new families that the medical center is committed to providing them with high quality care, an enhanced experience, and the very best outcomes for our mothers and newborns.”



Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC), is a not-for-profit healthcare provider serving the ethnically diverse community of Staten Island and its neighbors. We provide premier-quality patient care through a full spectrum of emergent, acute, primary, behavioral health and educational services. We do this in an environment that promotes the highest satisfaction among patients, families, physicians and staff. For more information call 1-718-818-1234 or visit Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


About the Joint Commission: Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at