Women's Health

Spectrum Health Women and Infant Services Program receives grant from March of Dimes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., November 27, 2017– Spectrum Health’s Women and Infant Services Program received a grant from March of Dimes for $11,500. The goal of this project is to decrease smoking rates at the Spectrum Health Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Clinics by providing smoking cessation education and services to pregnant women.

The grant will provide funding to implement the Society for Public Health Education’s Smoking Cessation and Reduction in Pregnancy Treatment Program (SCRIPT). Together, we are dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The clinic serves close to 1,000 pregnant patients annually. Smoking during pregnancy can cause severe birth outcomes and increased mortality rates for both the mother and infant.

With this grant we will train twenty staff members in the SCRIPT cessation program from the following agencies: Spectrum Health Hospital Group including Grand Rapids, Ludington, Big Rapids, United; Healthier Communities; Priority Health; Mercy Health and Catholic Charities of West Michigan.

“We found the current smoking rate during pregnancy among this specific population is 14 percent,” said Kara Hamilton-McGraw, maternal and child health director, March of Dimes for the State of Michigan. “This is six percent higher than the national average. We are grateful our successful fundraising efforts, such as March for Babies, make it possible for us to support meaningful programs at Spectrum Health that can help more babies be born healthy.”

 The March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and information, visitmarchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.



Spectrum Health System, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,600 medical staff experts, 3,300 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 150 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $550 million in community benefit in calendar year 2019. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $37 million in philanthropy to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.

Susan Krieger
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