Center for Women’s Health will add a Full Time Psychotherapist
Conn. October 26, 2015) - Saint Francis Hospital and
Medical Center today announced that it has received $75,000 in grant funding
from the Connecticut Health Foundation to provide behavioral health services
for low-income expectant mothers at the Saint
Francis Center for Women’s Health.
Connecticut Health Foundation grant will support the behavioral health portion
of an “Obstetrics Home” initiative to provide comprehensive prenatal care to expectant
mothers followed at the Saint Francis
Center for Women’s Health.
full-time psychotherapist will be located on site at the Center for Women’s Health to conduct screenings and Saint Francis’
Behavioral Health Services will provide a psychiatrist for “face-to-face”
consultations via telemedicine for patients who require additional
significant portion of the expectant women and teens who are prenatal patients
at our clinic are in need of behavioral health services,” said Walter Trymbulak,
M.D., Ph.D, Director of the Center for Women’s Health. “Mental health
issues have the potential to adversely affect a pregnancy in numerous ways”.
Yale School of Medicine study found that women with mental health issues were
40% more likely to have a pregnancy complication (many of which ended in
preterm birth), almost 50% more likely to have a non-live birth, and were nearly
twice as likely to give birth to a low birthweight baby. Additional studies
have shown that prenatal mental health screening and high-quality perinatal
psychotherapy can result in increased rates of full-term births, reduced cases
of infant mortality, and more normal birth weights.
scheduling appointments for behavioral health services at the same time in the
same place as their other prenatal and perinatal appointments we hope to
improve our pregnancy outcomes” said Dr. Trymbulak,
“Obstetrics Home” initiative aims to ensure comprehensive integrated care
throughout the pregnancy and post-partum period resulting in overall healthier
outcomes for mom and baby.
health is just one part” said Dr. Trymbulak.
The “Obstetrics Home” concept incorporates medical and behavioral healthcare
with comprehensive social assessment/referral and dental screening in one
convenient setting. Patients of the Center
for Women’s Health can receive all of these services at the 1075 Asylum
Avenue, Hartford, location. The
initiative also extends to Saint Francis’ obstetrical patients at the Burgdorf/Bank
of America Health Center
on Coventry Street near the Mount Sinai Rehabilitation
Center for Women’s Health and the Burgdorf Health Center provide
full service obstetric and gynecologic care to the women of Hartford and the
surrounding communities. The Center
does over 12,000 patient visits each year and cares for over 600 pregnant women
each year. In serving the Saint Francis
Mission the Center offers health and wellness programs to all women
regardless of insurance status.
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Francis Hospital and Medical Center has been an anchor institution in north
central Connecticut since 1897. Licensed
for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest
Catholic hospital in New England. Saint
Francis and its other major entities - Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the
Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular
Institute of Connecticut, Smilow Cancer Hospital Yale-New Haven at Saint
Francis, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple
Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint Francis HealthCare Partners – joined Trinity Health in
2015. Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial
Hospital and Home and Community Health Services, is also a Saint Francis
Partner. For more information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.