Greene County General Hospital is thrilled to announce the County’s first Perinatal Navigator, Nicole Page, RN. Page will serve families of Greene County as a resource for prenatal and postnatal care as well as up through the first 18 months of the baby’s life. Funding for the Perinatal Navigator Program at GCGH came from part of a $4.6 million federal grant to the Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA). The grant was awarded to the IRHA from the Health Resources and Services Administration, (HRSA) with the goal of reducing the infant mortality rate in four local counties: Dubois, Martin, Daviess and Greene. Through the program, Page will offer education, resources, guidance and support for expecting mothers and families. Her office is in the My Linton Clinic, 1210 N 1000 W, Linton, IN 47441.
Page is a graduate of Shakamak High School and received her RN degree from Ivy Tech. After working as a nurse at Sullivan County Community Hospital, she began her career at GCGH as a Labor and Delivery nurse. She is a Certified Lactation Consultant (CLC) and will be taking her board certification exam this fall to become an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
Daviess and Dubois counties also received funding from this grant for perinatal navigators at Daviess Community Hospital and Memorial Hospital. Together, the three navigators will cover the four counties included in the grant. The grant money can be used over the course of five years.
In addition to the Perinatal Navigator, GCGH provides a variety of perinatal services including two board-certified OB-GYNs serving patients at the My Linton Clinic Women’s Health Center. GCGH also offers a full-service labor and delivery department staffed with several CLCs and IBCLCs. In addition, GCGH provides extensive education and support for new mothers including breastfeeding and new families support groups and a Sweet Dreams Baby Bundles program. The Baby Bundle program is an innovative way to help new parents have a healthy and successful first year at home with their babies. Expectant mothers in their first trimester can enroll in the program. After delivering at the Hospital, families receive supplies designed to help promote safety and healthy habits.