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 is a not-for-profit health system, based in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 12 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; 180 ambulatory and service sites; 3,600 physicians and advanced practice providers, including 1,500 members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a health plan that served 996,000 members in fiscal year 2017. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer, with 26,000 employees. The organization provided $372 million in community benefit during its 2017 fiscal year. Spectrum Health was named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems—and in the top five among the largest health systems—in 2017 by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM. This was the sixth time the organization received this recognition.

Susan Krieger
Media Relations
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