FQHC outreach helps facilitate NICU expansion

When leaders at Palms West Hospital in Loxahatchee, FL, sought to expand their neonatal intensive care unit to a Level II NICU, they decided to reach out to nearby federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and forge partnerships that could drive birth volume at Palms West.

The director of three FQHC clinics agreed to meet and noted that many of his FQHC patients wanted tubal ligations at the time of delivery but were not able to get them. Palms West sought an Ob Hospitalist Group partnership so they could accept FQHC OB patients and offer high quality labor and delivery care as well as tubal ligations.