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Release Date: 02/07/2018

The Fertility Center at Women & Infants Hospital has been named a Nursing Center of Excellence by the Nurses’ Professional Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the only such program in Rhode Island to achieve this recognition for nursing care.

“Nurses play a key role in providing compassionate, comprehensive care to patients, not to mention their importance in patient and family education and satisfaction,” said Matt Quin, RN, senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Women & Infants. “We are so proud of the nurses in our Fertility Center on this achievement, and are appreciative of the collaborative work that was done with SEIU 1199 New England, which helped support the funding for this application process.”

A center may achieve center of excellence designation if at least 50 percent of the practice’s registered nurses and/or nurse practitioners are experienced in reproductive endocrinology nursing and have completed additional training through ASRM. At Women & Infants’ Fertility Center, 61 percent of their nursing staff – 10 registered nurses and one certified nurse midwife – completed the certificate examination. Six additional nurses have already begun the coursework and preparation for the exam.

According to ASRM, “A Symbol of Nursing Excellence will not only assist patients in choosing (a) fertility center for care, but will additionally help nurses recognize the importance of advanced continuing education, thereby benefiting (the) practice and increasing educational opportunities for nurses.”

Women & Infants’ Fertility Center is a full-service reproductive endocrinology and fertility clinic. The Center’s experts have an international reputation for excellence, with more than 10 decades of combined experience dealing with complex fertility issues.

For information, visit womenandinfants.org/fertility or call (401) 453-7500.

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About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 9th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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