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Apology and Truth and Reconciliation Resolution from the American College of Nurse-Midwives Board of Directors

SILVER SPRING, Md. -- The Board of Directors (BOD) of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is committed to creating a future that prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion and supports the continuing process to become an anti-racist organization. As part of this process, the BOD tasked the ACNM Ethics Committee to develop a resolution on truth and reconciliation and make recommendations to the BOD for next steps in the process. The Ethics Committee convened a Truth & Reconciliation Task Force (T&R TF) to meet this charge.

The Truth and Reconciliation Resolution document developed by the BOD is based upon the extensive information and recommendations submitted to the BOD by the T&R TF. The document can be found at https://www.midwife.org/truth-and-reconciliation.

The BOD of ACNM would like to sincerely apologize for the systemic racism that has existed and continued in our organization since it incorporated in 1954. We recognize that the BOD, through many presidencies and CEOs, perpetuated actions that were racist, exclusive, discriminatory, and harmful to individual members of ACNM. Systemic racism is among the greatest long-term threats to our nation, the profession of midwifery, and the people we serve. For ACNM to be an organization to which everyone can feel they belong and can thrive, the BOD and our organization must hold ourselves accountable for our contributions to systemic racism.

Speaking the truth on our history and the harm caused by it through ACNM's denial, gaslighting, censorship, and exclusion is the first step in long-overdue restorative measures for our community of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), allowing us to promote inclusion, belonging, and a safe space for all midwives. For these reasons, ACNM is issuing its Truth and Reconciliation Resolution that acknowledges the harms caused by its previous actions and establishes a set of resolutions in response.

ACNM acknowledges that it can no longer continue to attribute the white washing of midwifery to a lack of qualifications or interest by Black and Indigenous people. This fails to acknowledge that white supremacy acted as suppressor, then law enforcer and "teacher", then eliminator and replacer of Black and Indigenous traditional midwives with white midwives.

ACNM leadership acknowledges and apologizes for past and present harms to BIPOC midwives and the organization's role in perpetuating and maintaining systemic racism in midwifery and healthcare. Historical facts clearly illustrate that the exclusion of Black and Indigenous midwives was intentional and by design, with the resulting whiteness of the profession of midwifery as the intended outcome. Unless efforts at inclusion are explicit, tailored, continuous, and well resourced, the result is exclusion. In the coming months, the BOD and ACNM is undertaking a full audit of actions and history and making changes to web pages, documents, and processes to ensure they are anti-racist and inclusive.

About ACNM

With over 6,500 members, ACNM is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. ACNM promotes excellence in midwifery education, clinical practice, and research. With roots dating to 1929, our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. ACNM provides research, administers, and promotes continuing education programs, establishes education and clinical practice standards, and creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress to increase the visibility and recognition of midwifery care. Learn more at https://www.midwife.org/.

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Congressman Ron Kind praises vaccination clinic in La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- AMI Expeditionary Healthcare along with three partnering organizations - the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, the Department of Health Services and the La Crosse County Health Department - welcomed Rep. Ron Kind, on March 23, as he toured a COVID-19 vaccination site that has distributed more than 2,000 doses since its opening on March 9.

"We are proud of the work being done here by the AMI team and all of its partners," said Daniel Beck, senior operations manager for AMI Expeditionary Healthcare who is helping to oversee several vaccination centers throughout the state.

Rep. Ron Kind on Tuesday toured the community-based vaccination clinic at UW-La Crosse, as the site continues to expand access to the COVID-19 vaccine in the Coulee Region.

"This is an unbelievable vaccine site operation - it's a well-oiled machine," Rep. Kind said, noting that Wisconsin is among the top five states in the country when it comes to distributing vaccine in a timely manner. "It's because of planning, preparation and vaccine sites like this that keep people safe."

Julie Willems Van Dijk, deputy secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, said it's been a team effort to get as many people vaccinated as possible, as quickly as possible.

"It's all players, all working together, all the time," she explained. "We've provided vaccine to health care, pharmacies, local health departments, employers, tribal nations ... and they're all distributing the vaccine quickly."

AMI Expeditionary Healthcare works with the state to identify locations to address gaps in vaccine access and support vaccination efforts. Factors including population demographics, local health capacity, operations, and concentration of other vaccine providers are taken into consideration when planning for clinics.

DHS community-based clinics are operated by AMI Expeditionary Healthcare through collaboration with the University of Wisconsin System, local public health departments, and other local partners.

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Announcing the 2021 Fellows of the American College of Nurse-Midwives

SILVER SPRING, Md. -- The Fellows of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (FACNM) Board of Governors is delighted to share the names of the 81 exemplary midwives who have been accepted for Fellowship in 2021. Last year, we revised the Fellowship criteria to increase diversity and inclusivity, resulting in our welcoming the largest group of inductees in ACNM history.

Fellowship in the American College of Nurse-Midwives is an honor bestowed upon those midwives whose demonstrated leadership within ACNM, clinical excellence, outstanding scholarship, and professional achievement have merited special recognition both within and outside of the midwifery profession. The ACNM Fellowship was first established in 1994. With the addition of the 2021 Fellows, there will be 558 FACNMs.

The new FACNMs will be inducted at this year's virtual Annual Meeting, May 23-25, 2021. Learn more at https://annualmeeting.midwife.org/.

Congratulations to our new 2021 FACNMs!

Lauren Abrams, CNM, MSN
Molly Altman, CNM, PhD, MPH
Elizabeth (Betsy) Arnold-Leahy, CNM, LM, DM
Susanrachel Balber-Condon, CNM, DM
L. Kim Baraona, CNM, DNP, CNE
Donna Barisich, CNM, MS
Julie Blumenfeld, CNM, DNP, IBCLC
Carolyn Bottone-Post, CNM, DNP
Suzanne Carrington, CNM, DNP
Linda Karen Church, CNM, MSN
Emma Clark, CNM, MSN, MHS
Lee S. Clay, CNM, MS
Susanna R. Cohen, CNM, DNP, CHSE, FAAN
Lastascia Coleman, CNM, MSN, ARNP
Joan L. Combellick, CNM, PhD, MPH, MSN
Elizabeth Cook, DNP, CNM, WHNP-BC, CNL, CPM
Jeanann Sousou Coppola, CNM, DNP, CNE, C-EFM
Barbara Davenport, CNM, MSN
Melissa G. Davis, CNM, FNP, DNP
Stephanie Devane-Johnson, CNM, PhD
Meghan Eagen-Torkko, CNM, PhD
Simon Adriane Ellis, CNM, ARNP, MSN
Jessica Ann Ellis, CNM, PHD
Elise N. Erickson, CNM, PhD
Melicia Escobar, CNM, WHNP-BC, MSN
Christina Felten, CNM, DNP, RNC-OB, PMH-C
Kate T. Finn, CM, CPM, LM, MS
Brooke A. Flinders, CNM, DNP
Diane Folk, CNM, DNP
Gwendolyn A. Foster, CNM, MSN
Mary Franklin, CNM, DNP
Kimberly Garcia, DNP, CNM, WHNP
Tamara Joy Gardner, CNM, MSN
Ami L. Goldstein, CNM, MSN, FNP
Cathy Gordon, CNM, FNP-BC, MS
Patricia Hanson, CNM, MSN
Beth Helme-Smith MS, APN, CNM, WHNP-C
Susan J. Hernandez, CNM, MSN
Kathy S. Higgins, CNM, MS
Carol Hirschfield, CNM, MS
Karen Johnson Feltham, CNM, PhD
Theresa Kouadio, CNM, MSN
Ann Konkoly, CNM, MBA, MSN, APRN
Dianna E. Kristeller CNM, DNP, APRN
Rochelle Lipshutz, CNM, OB/GYN NP, MS
Phyllis Lynn, CNM, MS
Nancy MacMorris-Adix, CNM, MN
Laura Manns-James, CNM, PhD, WHNP-BC, CNE
Linda R. McDaniel, CNM, DNP, RNFA
Emily C. McGahey CNM, DM, MSN
Amanda McPherson Shafton, CNM, DNP
Shaunti Meyer, CNM, PhD
Alexandra Michel, CNM, PhD
LaVonne M. Moore, DNP, APRN, CNM, BC-WHNP, IBCLC, ICCE
Jeremy L. Neal, CNM, PhD
Emily Neiman, CNM, MS
Nancy A. Niemczyk, CNM, PhD
Robin L. Page, CNM, PhD
Komkwuan P. Paruchabutr, CNM, WHNP-BC, FNP-BC, DNP
Deborah K. Price, CNM, DrPH
Krysta Ramirez Henry, CNM, DNP
Gayle L. Riedmann, CNM, MS
Karen Robinson, CNM, PhD
Susan Rooks, CNM, MPH, Capt. (ret.) USPHS
Lee Roosevelt, CNM, PhD, MPH
Tonja M. A. Santos, CNM, MSN
Ann M. Schaeffer, CNM, DNP, MEd, CNE
Judith M. Schlaeger, CNM, LAc, PhD, FAAN
Nicole L. Sczekan, CNM, MSN, CARN-AP
Roseanne Seminara, CNM, MS
Holly Smith, CNM, MSN, MPH
Denise C. Smith, CNM, PhD
Venus Standard, CNM, MSN, LCCE
Kristin Stovern, CNM, MSN, APRN-C
Margaret C. Taylor, CNM, DNP
Joanne S. Tennyson, CNM, WHNP-BC, MSN
E. Brie Thumm, CNM, PhD, MBA
Stephanie Tillman, CNM, MSN
Kim Updegrove, CNM, MSN, MPH, APRN
Shaughanassee Vines, CNM, DNP, CNE

ABOUT ACNM:

With over 6,500 members, ACNM is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. ACNM promotes excellence in midwifery education, clinical practice, and research. With roots dating to 1929, our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health.

ACNM provides research, administers, and promotes continuing education programs, establishes education and clinical practice standards, and creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress to increase the visibility and recognition of midwifery care.

Learn more at https://www.midwife.org/.

MEDIA CONTACT
ACNM Membership & Communications
240.485.1813; membership@acnm.org

Related link: https://www.midwife.org/

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Midwives for an Equitable and Sustainable Future: ACNM Extends Year of Nurse and Midwife, Begins Decade of the Midwife

SILVER SPRING, Md. -- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization extended the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife into 2021 in Europe, to celebrate and recognize the hard work of nurses and midwives fighting the pandemic. The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) supports this decision and hereby extends this recognition to the United States.

The COVID-19 pandemic has showcased the critical role midwives play in keeping people healthy across the lifespan. It has also exposed the weaknesses in our healthcare systems and the enormous challenges midwives face every day, as well as shined a light on their incredible commitment and courage. Finally, it has given us the opportunity to reconsider and explore models of care that center midwifery care. As the world's oldest profession, midwives must play an integral part in the future of the world's healthcare.

2021 also kicks off the "Decade of the Midwife" (2021-2030), an initiative led by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM). We are at a pivotal point in history, and the actions we take over the next ten years will determine the future direction of healthcare. This initiative will aim to highlight the role of midwives as gender champions in their communities and disseminate evidence about the vital need for midwives to transform quality sexual and reproductive healthcare for a sustainable future.

"We are thrilled to extend the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife and kick off the Decade of the Midwife," stated ACNM President, Cathy Collins-Fulea, DNP, CNM, FACNM. "Given the critical roles midwives have played in the COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever there is a need to celebrate, uplift, and center midwives in the conversation about improved healthcare."

ACNM's goals for the Decade of the Midwife center around four categories: practice, education, research, and policy. This initiative will integrate seamlessly with our strategic goals, mission, campaigns, and contributions over the next ten years. By focusing on how we can center the midwife in the fight for equitable and sustainable global healthcare, we can work to achieve sexual and reproductive health and rights for all.

About ACNM

With over 6,500 members, ACNM is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. ACNM promotes excellence in midwifery education, clinical practice, and research. With roots dating to 1929, our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. ACNM provides research, administers, and promotes continuing education programs, establishes education and clinical practice standards, and creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress to increase the visibility and recognition of midwifery care.

Learn more at https://www.midwife.org/.

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Senate Reintroduces Legislation to Federally Invest in Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) Program

SILVER SPRING, Md. -- Yesterday, the Senate reintroduced the Mothers and Offspring Mortality and Morbidity Awareness (MOMMA) Act, critical legislation that seeks to reduce the disparate maternal and infant morbidity and mortality rates, especially among Black and Brown birthing people and infants. The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) strongly supports the MOMMA Act.

Spearheaded by Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), the MOMMA Act would, among other initiatives, establish grant opportunities for entities with proven approaches to improving our nation's mortality rate by offering better maternal and postpartum health care.

Specifically, the MOMMA Act would invest federal funding in the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) program, a national partnership of organizations, including ACNM, with goals improving the culture of care to eliminate preventable maternal mortality and severe morbidity across the care continuum.

The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) strongly supports the MOMMA Act and applauds Senators Durbin and Duckworth for their leadership and commitment to improving the culture of health for pregnant and postpartum people.

"All pregnant and birthing people and babies should be served by a maternity care system that delivers safe, equitable, ethical, and patient-centered care, the hallmarks of midwifery," stated ACNM President, Cathy Collins-Fulea, DNP, CNM, FACNM. "Midwives stand ready to work with policymakers and stakeholders to implement evidence-based solutions, including reducing primary cesarean sections and increasing access to midwives and midwifery-led care models, to help improve maternal health outcomes for all people and communities."

Every year across the United States, of the 4,000,000 people who give birth, about 700 suffer fatal complications during pregnancy, while giving birth, or during the postpartum period, and 70,000 suffer near-fatal, partum-related complications. These statistics disproportionately impact Black and Brown pregnant and birthing people. Through the implementation of a comprehensive set of policies to improve data collection, dissemination of information on effective interventions, and expansion of access to health care and social services for postpartum people, the MOMMA Act is another piece of critical legislation that if realized, can help address escalating rates of maternal mortality and morbidity disproportionately impacting these communities.

Contact Amy Kohl (akohl@acnm.org) ACNM Director, Advocacy & Government Affairs, for more information on the Mothers and Offspring Mortality and Morbidity Awareness (MOMMA) Act.

About ACNM

With over 6,500 members, ACNM is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. ACNM promotes excellence in midwifery education, clinical practice, and research. With roots dating to 1929, our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. ACNM provides research, administers, and promotes continuing education programs, establishes education and clinical practice standards, and creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress to increase the visibility and recognition of midwifery care.

Learn more at https://www.midwife.org/.

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240.485.1813; membership@acnm.org

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JNL Technologies Launches Quantum SA Standalone Wander Management Control Unit

IXONIA, Wis. -- JNL Technologies, maker of Quantum nurse call, wander management, and access control systems, is now shipping Quantum SA, a standalone wander management system. Using the same proven Bluetooth technology as JNL's Quantum DCS product line, the Quantum SA does not require cable installation or the purchase of a Quantum server and is perfect for smaller areas that do not require centralized management.

"We are proud to release a version of our technology in a door monitor that doesn't require wire runs or a server to control it. The Quantum DCS has been installed in facilities across the country and works well in areas that other wander management systems fail due to old technology and interference issues," says JNL President, Jim Gleason. "We felt it was time to develop a cost effective, single door wander management control unit that can replace unreliable older systems."

To simplify installation, the Quantum SA controller provides industry standard input and output options, and in many cases, is a drop-in replacement. The controller and wander management transmitters are managed with a provided Android tablet. With the tablet, users are able to quickly adjust door settings, test transmitter batteries, and turn off unused transmitters.

According to Gleason, "We have always wanted to provide our wander management system to the entire market, and this allows us to do just that. To protect your investment, Quantum SA can be field upgraded when you are ready to transition to the full Quantum system."

The Quantum system is comprehensive and scalable and is designed to meet both budget and community size requirements. Due to this flexibility, Quantum has seen rapid adoption by facilities across the country. In an effort to meet this demand, JNL is actively recruiting new dealers.

More information: https://jnltech.net/quantum-sa-wander-management/

About JNL Technologies:

JNL is a leading provider of nurse call and resident monitoring technology in the senior housing market. JNL has over 30 years of hands-on experience in health care, nurse call, remote monitoring, and wander management technology. With a network of vetted and trained partners, JNL offers fully featured senior safety technology to long-term care communities.

For more information, visit https://jnltech.net/, or contact info@jnltech.net

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Mopec Announces New Morgue Overflow Cold Storage Container Systems

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. -- Mopec, the nationwide leader in pathology, anatomy, mortuary and necropsy equipment and supplies, announced a new all-inclusive cold storage container system available on a monthly rental basis to provide morgues, funeral homes, and healthcare organizations with increased decedent refrigeration capacity.

These refrigerated containers are perfect for any organization looking for additional on-site refrigerated space. This temporary and expandable system sits at ground level and comes with an attachable ramp for easier loading and unloading. Available in a 20-foot or 40-foot system, these containers can handle 16 to 50 bodies at max capacity.

"There were a number of problems with the refrigerated semitrailers organizations ran into when the pandemic first hit that we have been working with our customers to solve," said Kirk Gossett, Vice President of Global Sales for Mopec. "We combined all of their feedback with our decades of engineering and design experience and created a whole new system that better fits the varying needs across the country."

While the system is electrically powered via "shore" power, it can be easily converted for use with a diesel generator. Because the unit sits on the ground, it eliminates the need for a loading dock or large and dangerous ramps. Offered as an all-inclusive system, the refrigerated container comes with everything needed to increase surge capacity, including Guardian Four or Five Tier Body Storage Racks, Body Storage Trays, Body Bags, and a Battery Powered Body Lift.

Guardian Morgue Overflow Cold Storage Container Systems are included under the Mopec Guardian Systems line and are the ultimate solution when dealing with surge capacity morgue overflow. Mopec Guardian Systems also includes PPE, the patented MERC portable cooling systems, body bags, the Guardian Rack system, and the MaxAir CAPR System.

For more information, or to obtain a quotation, please visit https://www.mopec.com/, or call (800) 362-8491.

About Mopec

Mopec, based in Madison Heights, Michigan, is a manufacturer and distributor of high-quality pathology, anatomy, mortuary, and necropsy equipment and products. Founded in 1992, Mopec differentiates itself through its extensive engineering process, superior design, and market-leading quality. Mopec is Better By Design and specializes in solutions for hospitals, universities, morgues, and a variety of other markets. Mopec is committed to the production innovative products and providing high quality customer service. For more information, visit https://www.mopec.com/.

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jpemberton@mopec.com

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Premier Nursing Academy Launches New Center to Train CNAs for Free and Grow Bradenton-Sarasota Area Healthcare Jobs

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. -- Premier Nursing Academy, an institution offering free, state-approved training to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA), has launched its second Florida location in Bradenton. The new Bradenton location is expected to train as many as 500 students in 2021 from the broader Bradenton and Sarasota metro area.

This new campus makes Premier Nursing Academy's innovative no-cost training model available to more students and progressive healthcare employers. Premier Nursing Academy works with area employers who sponsor training and commit to employing candidates who complete Premier Nursing Academy's Florida Board of Nursing-approved CNA program. Attendees of Premier Nursing Academy do not pay any tuition or fees and are also guaranteed a CNA job upon graduation with one of many Bradenton-area employers sponsoring classroom seats.

Premier Nursing Academy's new campus location is 5720 14th St. W, Bradenton, Fla. 34207, in the Southwood Shoppes Shopping Mall. The first class at this location started on November 30, and additional classes are seated on a rolling basis thereafter. Both day and evening class schedules for 4-week and 6-week programs, respectively, are open for approved and sponsored candidates.

Interested applicants may view upcoming classes and apply on the Premier Nursing Academy website: https://www.premiernursingacademy.org/locations/florida/bradenton

"Employers we surveyed overwhelmingly confirmed their need for qualified CNAs in Bradenton and surrounding areas, including Sarasota, Sun City, and Palmetto," says Matt Killday, Chief Operating Officer. "Local healthcare facilities could collectively employ 1,000 or more CNAs in 2021 if they had enough qualified personnel available for them to hire. What we're doing at Premier Nursing Academy is working with employers to identify promising talent and provide them training for free, to get more people certified and into these skilled local jobs that might otherwise go unfilled."

Premier Nursing Academy's training program combines classroom instruction at one of its campus locations with onsite clinical instruction conducted at a participating employer-partner facility. Stringent COVID-19 protocols are in place at all training facilities for the health and safety of Premier Nursing Academy trainees, staff, employers, and patients.

"CNAs play a crucial role on the frontlines of patient care. We're doubling our capacity in Florida to train entry-level health professionals at a critical time," says Killday. "Our graduates-whether they continue to be CNAs or decide to go into more advanced nursing-are in a high-demand field and are making a difference."

Premier Nursing Academy was started with the goal of creating an training-to-employment pipeline and has graduated close to 1,000 CNAs since its inception in 2017. Founders Chris Palevich, President of Premier Nursing Academy, and his father Rob Palevich recognized a shortage of qualified CNAs in their area and set out to create a solution that could benefit both employers and prospective healthcare workers looking for a streamlined, debt-free pathway into the healthcare profession.

About Premier Nursing Academy

Premier Nursing Academy is a contract training provider serving aspiring healthcare professionals. Founded in 2017, Premier Nursing Academy offers an innovative no-cost training program in which trainees are sponsored by an employer and work for the employer after completion of their program. Premier Nursing Academy engages with employer partners by assisting them in recruiting and training new employees for entry-level healthcare positions or offering training to their existing workforce.

Premier Nursing Academy currently focuses on training certified nursing assistants (CNAs) in 4- to 6-week programs that prepare graduates to pass their CNA exam. Premier Nursing Academy operates training centers in Pinellas Park (Tampa metro area) and Bradenton (Sarasota metro area). Premier Nursing Academy is licensed by the Florida Board of Nursing to provide CNA training.

For more information visit https://www.premiernursingacademy.org/

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President, Premier Nursing Academy
Telephone 260-450-9647
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Houston Methodist Improves Patient Access with Blockit’s Digital Care Coordination Platform

MCKINNEY, Texas -- Blockit, the leader in highly integrated digital care coordination and scheduling solutions for health systems, and Houston Methodist, a national recognized healthcare innovation leader and leading academic medical center serving the Greater Houston area, today announced that Houston Methodist has selected Blockit's consumer scheduling, referral management and imaging scheduling platform to enable its highly ambitious digital access strategy.

The two organizations have partnered to build a robust healthcare delivery resource directory for Houston Methodist and leverage it to power a new strategy for identifying, scheduling and coordinating the right care experience.

Serving millions of patients across south Texas through a network of six hospitals and more than 1,890 physicians, Houston Methodist's mission is passionately focused on improving the health of the people and communities it serves, and the health system is ambitiously leading the nation with their efforts to improve patient access through innovation.

To enhance both patient and provider experience, Houston Methodist started by leveraging Blockit's referral solution to quickly and seamlessly integrate both employed and affiliated provider's scheduling availability and workflow into one easy to use experience. Quick success from this phase led to significant improvements in reducing leakage and therefore high patient follow through while also improving patient and provider satisfaction.

Blockit's sophisticated data management combined with proprietary EMR integration strength allows patient data and appointments to be normalized for improved user experience while also leveraging existing healthcare infrastructure and workflows.

"We are excited to partner with Blockit on these innovative access strategies. These tools will allow our patients faster access to our services wherever and whenever they want them," said Cathy Easter, Senior Vice President and CEO at Houston Methodist.

In collaboration with Blockit, Houston Methodist has launched online appointment scheduling, referral management, lab and imaging scheduling solutions powered by the Blockit platform. Houston Methodist will deliver on its vision to lead healthcare innovation that improves patient care.

Through Blockit's sophisticated integration with multiple underlying electronic health record systems, Houston Methodist is now able to provide a convenient and highly effective consumer scheduling and care coordination experience for both new and existing patients completely within existing health system workflows.

"Especially considering Houston Methodist leadership in innovating healthcare, it is a real honor for Blockit to be recognized by Houston Methodist as a strategic partner," said Jake McCarley, CEO of Blockit. "We're excited for the promise of our platform to be realized by Houston Methodist for their patients."

About Blockit:

Blockit's focus on simplifying healthcare processes for everyone motivated the company to build technologies that improve patient access and lead to better patient outcomes. By combining advanced technology with expert service and support, Blockit removes the barriers that stand in the way of patient access and care. Learn more at: https://www.blockitnow.com/

About Houston Methodist:

Houston Methodist is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 1 hospital in Texas and among the top 20 hospitals nationwide. Houston Methodist is the only nationally ranked Honor Roll hospital in the state and is designated as a Magnet hospital for excellence in nursing.

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Children’s Hospital LA Study on Mobile Devices includes UV-C Disinfection

LINDON, Utah -- Use of smartphones and other mobile devices in the healthcare setting has skyrocketed over the past decade, but infection prevention protocols designed to keep them clean have not kept pace, says PhoneSoap. In fact, research suggests as few as 13-37% of healthcare providers report regularly cleaning their devices.

This leaves a significant gap in healthcare infection prevention and control efforts as mounting evidence shows mobile devices frequently carry pathogenic bacteria and viruses on their surfaces, posing a significant infection risk to healthcare providers and the patients they treat.

Children's Hospital Los Angeles takes disinfecting of mobile devices very seriously. Recently, their Infectious Disease physicians conducted and published a study in the American Journal of Infection Control titled, "Shining a light on the pathogenicity of health care providers' mobile phones: use of a novel Ultraviolet C wave disinfection device."

The study evaluated the disinfection efficacy of a UV-C device, PhoneSoap Pro generation 1, for the mobile phones of pediatric residents and nurses working a 12-hour shift on a pediatric medical/surgical unit. The researchers found that total pathogenic bacterial counts were reduced by 98.2% after one 30-second disinfection cycle and by >99.99% after two disinfection cycles.

"The use of UV-C light allows us to disinfect cell phones in a sustainable manner without the use of wipes or cleaning products," said Sanchi Malhotra, MD, a fellow in infectious diseases at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and primary investigator of the study. The researchers also point to the fact that many wipes are not intended for use on mobile devices, are not recyclable, and are subject to shortage.

The effective pathogenic reduction seen after just a 30-second disinfection cycle aligns with the needs of the healthcare industry for which time constraints and workflow patterns demand a rapid and efficient solution. The technology also provides an opportunity for establishing an easily-implemented disinfection protocol.

Jeffrey Bender, MD, a specialist in infectious diseases at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, said, "In hospitals, we are already using UV-C light to disinfect equipment, patient rooms, and other spaces. Using a UV-C device allows us to standardize the process of disinfecting personal cell phones and potentially further reduce risk of infection."

Citing survey results demonstrating that the staff overwhelmingly endorsed use of the device, the study authors conclude that the phone and tablet disinfecting technology offers a valuable and well-received approach to reducing the risk of healthcare-associated infections and protecting healthcare providers.

ABOUT PHONESOAP:

PhoneSoap was invented by cousins Dan Barnes and Wes LaPorte after recognizing the need to decontaminate hand-held devices. They conducted testing and results proved that the average phone is 18 times dirtier than a public bathroom. PhoneSoap has sold over two million consumer units and continues to grow at a rapid speed. In the past three years, additional models have been released as well as newer devices including PhoneSoap Go, HomeSoap and screen-cleaning accessories like the PhoneSoap Shine and Microfiber Pad 3-pack. PhoneSoap's focus continues to be making the world a healthier place.

Learn more at: https://www.phonesoap.com/

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