Charles Jones, President/CEO of Thundermist Health Center announced that Thundermist has entered into a partnership with Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and Women & Infants Health Care Alliance, its affiliated full-service ob/gyn practice dedicated to caring for women.
Beginning December 12, 2011 at 8 am, Women & Infants Health Care Alliance will provide coverage at Women & Infants Hospital for all newborn deliveries from Thundermist's Woonsocket practice. Women & Infants Hospital will also be working with Thundermist Woonsocket to provide women’s surgeries for its patients.
In addition, doctors from Women & Infants Health Care Alliance, as well as Thundermist midwives, will provide gynecological and obstetrical care at Thundermist under the oversight of a medical director provided by Women & Infants Health Care Alliance.
“Our top priority has always been to provide our patients with the best possible care available,” said Mr. Jones. “As New England’s premier hospital for women and newborns, Women & Infants allows us to meet that high standard.”
“Only OB/GYN services are affected by this initiative,” Jones explained. “All other Thundermist collaborations with Landmark are unaffected by this change.”
A report released in July by HealthGrades, the nation’s most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes, announced that Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island achieved a 5-star rating in Maternity Care for 2011. HealthGrades report found that women who give birth at 5-star rated hospitals experience 32% fewer complications.
"Women & Infants has been dedicated to providing the best available constellation of resources for the women and families of this region since its founding in 1884," said Constance A. Howes, president and chief executive officer at Women & Infants Hospital. "It is our privilege to serve Thundermist patients, and we look forward to providing them all that they need and all that they want around their obstetric and gynecologic patient experiences."
Pablo Rodriguez, MD, chairman of Women & Infants Health Care Alliance, said the Women & Infants’ provider staff has excelled at meeting the needs of a diverse patient population with a diverse array of needs. “We welcome the opportunity to bring our expertise and our experience to bear on behalf of these women and their families, and we hope to exceed their every expectation.”
"We have started to inform our patients of the move, and so far the response has been very positive," Mr. Jones added. “We are extremely fortunate to be able to offer our patients world class services in one of the best women’s hospitals in the country.”