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Harrison Receives Perinatal Education Grant from OBGH - 2/10/2014

Education will enhance quality and standard of care for mothers and babies

SILVERDALE, WA – Harrison Medical Center’s Women’s & Children’s Services has received a $5,000 education grant from Ob Hospitalist Group (OBGH), the largest dedicated OB/GYN hospitalist provider in the nation. OBGH provides board-certified hospitalists 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to Harrison Silverdale to care for delivering moms and their newborns. The grant will fund the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Perinatal Orientation and Education Program for perinatal nurses at Harrison Silverdale. A grant presentation was held in the Atrium at Harrison Silverdale on Tuesday, February 4.


"This program will greatly enhance the knowledge base of our nursing staff, providing them with access to the latest evidence-based practices about obstetrical nursing,” said Helen Morrison, director of Maternal-Child & Acute Care Services at Harrison Medical Center. “It will positively impact their skill levels, especially those who are new to the team."


The AWHONN Perinatal Orientation and Education Program offers fully scripted continuing education modules that help elevate safety and the consistency of care in a labor and delivery unit. Benefits include helping orient new nurses, delivering advanced education to senior staff, ensuring that every nurse provides evidence-based care and practices, and establishing consistent care across the unit.


About 2,000 babies are delivered at Harrison Silverdale each year in award-winning private and spacious birthing suites. The facility is equipped with a Level II Special Care Nursery, and provides lactation support, childbirth education classes, rehabilitation services for children and adults, and a 10-bed Pediatric Care Unit.


OBGH is committed to helping hospitals nationwide maintain successful OB/GYN hospitalist programs. At Harrison Silverdale last year, OB/GYN hospitalists had 2,696 patient interactions, and delivered about 10 percent of Harrison’s babies. The 24-hour in-house availability helps reduce risk, manage emergencies, and support our community’s private physicians and Harrison’s nursing staff. OB/GYN hospitalists deliver babies, assist with surgeries, respond to standby requests, and enhance the unit’s day-to-day activities.


This education grant reflects the strong relationship between Harrison Medical Center and OBHG, and our shared commitment to providing exceptional healthcare to our new mothers and babies.

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Harrison Medical Center is a nonprofit healthcare organization offering medical, surgical, and emergency services at five locations—Bremerton, Silverdale, Port Orchard, Belfair, and Poulsbo—to serve the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas. We are part of the Franciscan Health System family of services. To learn about Harrison's many healthcare services, call 866-844-WELL or visit To learn more about Franciscan, visit