Coosa Valley Medical Center labor & delivery department honored

Pictured with the award that recognizes Coosa Valley Medical Center labor & delivery as a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care are Dr. Michael Swearingen, chairman of the hospital’s maternal care center; and registered nurses Rebecca Meeks, Donita Blocker, Kelley Skinner and Abbie Lacey.

SYLACAUGA -- Coosa Valley Medical Center celebrated the recognition of its labor and delivery department for patient care by Blue Cross Blue Shield.

CVMC labor & delivery was designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care by the insurance company. It is one of 25 medical facilities in the state to get this recognition.

Amy Price, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer, said community hospitals are continuously facing challenges, but CVMC works to make sure its patients get the best health care possible here at home and don’t have to drive to Birmingham.

“Labor & delivery is a close knit department that delivers the best women’s care you can get. Annually, they deliver more than 450 babies. We are here today to celebrate the service the individuals in this department provide with this recognition as a Center of Distinction,” Price said.

Price introduced Dr. Michael Swearingen, chairman of the CVMC maternal care center, who has been at the hospital 23 years.

“Thanks to the administration at this hospital, the west wing was opened in 2007. In that wing, a new labor and delivery department was located, providing this community with the latest in women’s care,” he said.

Women’s services is on the first floor of the hospital, including an 11-bed labor and delivery/postpartum unit and the Level II nursery. Women’s services is designed to help expectant mothers and their loved ones enjoy the birthing experience together.

The department also has “rooming in” options for new mothers who choose to keep their baby with them in the room throughout the hospital stay.

“At CVMC, our labor and delivery services are as good as you can get in Birmingham or better. Quality care is provided here. The ladies in labor and delivery will know your name and your total family. These nurses know their jobs, and they know how to take care of moms and babies,” Swearingen said.

He said everyone worked hard for this recognition and were pushed to the limit to get it.

Dr. Clifton Garris and Dr. Jonathan Rehberg also deliver babies at the hospital.

The nurses in labor and delivery are Kelley Skinner, director; Rebecca Meeks; Danita Blocker; Abbie Lacey; Crystal Collier; Erica Martin; Samantha Harris; Kayla Shaw; Gwen Ridley; Mendy Hayes; Debbie Henderson; Tabatha Sharpe; Dana Bailey; Shelby Carpenter; Haley Taylor; Melissa Harvin; Emily Sylestine; Beth Turner; and Jessica Edwards.

Blue Distinction Centers and Blue Distinction Centers+ for Maternity Care demonstrate expertise and a commitment to quality care for deliveries, according to the insurance company.

These centers demonstrate better overall patient satisfaction and a lower percentage of early elective deliveries, according to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association website.