Winnie Palmer Hospital Receives Certification in Perinatal Care

March 23, 2017

First Hospital Certified in Orlando and One of More than 30 in the U.S.

Orlando, FL (March 23, 2017) – Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies has earned Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest accrediting body in healthcare. Perinatal care includes the time shortly before and after delivery. Winnie Palmer Hospital is the first facility in Orlando with this designation, and joins a list of more than 30 hospitals in the country.  

The certification program recognizes Joint Commission-accredited hospitals for their integrated, coordinated and patient-centered care for mothers and their newborns. Winnie Palmer Hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review, during which The Joint Commission completed an evaluation of Winnie Palmer Hospital’s perinatal health care services including: 

  • Care that starts with prenatal and continues through postpartum care
  • Early identification of high-risk pregnancies and births
  • Management of mothers’ and newborns’ risks 
  • Available patient education and information about perinatal care services 

“We are delighted to receive Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission,” said Kathy Swanson, president of the Arnold Palmer Medical Center, which includes Winnie Palmer Hospital. “As the second largest delivery hospital in the country, this certification shows our commitment to providing the highest level of care to mothers and their babies.”

Established in 2015, Perinatal Care Certification is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited hospitals.

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About Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies

Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, supported by the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation, is a 285-bed facility dedicated exclusively to the needs of women and babies. The hospital includes comprehensive fetal diagnostics and labor and delivery services, a regional center for neonatal intensive care, maternal intensive care and women’s services.  Annually, more than 14,000 babies are expected to be born at Winnie Palmer Hospital, making it the busiest labor and delivery unit in the state of Florida. To learn more, visit