Christus program to expand access to prenatal care

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Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 11:19 am, Wed May 7, 2014.

Troubled by the low rate of pregnant women seeking prenatal care, Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center and several other organizations launched an initiative Tuesday to provide care to all pregnant women in Santa Fe County, regardless of their ability to pay.

The Healthy Babies campaign was inspired by the recently completed Community Health Needs Assessment, which found that 24 percent of pregnant women in Santa Fe County did not receive any prenatal care during their first trimester.

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  • Lillian Montoya posted at 10:36 am on Wed, May 7, 2014.

    Lijomo Posts: 12

    CHRISTUS St. Vincent is a not-for-profit community hospital that provides care to everyone regardless of ability to pay and this initiative doesn’t change that. Rather, this awareness campaign is about reaching out to the expectant mothers in our community who believe it’s too cost prohibitive to seek prenatal care. We don’t want the perception of cost to be a barrier to access.

    Thanks for the feedback on our advertisements. We realize we can’t please everyone, but we are proud of our latest campaign that showcases the people in our community – our friends, family members, and neighbors – who passionately care for our patients. The people who work here are assets and the objective of this campaign wasn’t to shift perception, but to celebrate and recognize our employees for their dedicated and, at times, heroic efforts each day.

  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 9:45 am on Wed, May 7, 2014.

    CarolynDM Posts: 424

    So, if pregnant women sought pre-natal care but did not have insurance, they were turned away?? Isn't that refusing medical care??

    The recent ads, both TV and print are beginning to show the pathetic desperation of the hospital trying to re-claim a positive opinion. Not working. Stop the useless ads.


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