State official visits Hershey Medical Center to highlight partnership for enhancing maternal health services

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Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Meg Snead speaks during a press conference which highlighted work to improve services for perinatal depression.

Meg Snead, acting secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS), visited Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for a media event March 1 to spotlight joint efforts to improve maternal health services in central Pennsylvania.

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Dr. Ritika Baweja speaks during a press conference.

Snead recognized the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center as one of 16 hospitals participating in an enhanced maternal health screening process using a framework established by Pennsylvania’s Perinatal Quality Collaborative. The collaborative is a partnership led by DHS and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation that focuses on improving the identification of and care for patients experiencing perinatal depression during or after pregnancy.

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Dr. Amy Cruz speaks during a press conference.

In addition to Snead, two physicians who lead Hershey Medical Center’s Moving on Maternal Depression initiative gave remarks: Dr. Amy Cruz, an obstetrician/gynecologist, and Dr. Ritika Baweja, a psychiatrist. Deborah Berini, president of Hershey Medical Center, emceed the event.

March 4, 2022Penn State Health News

Read more about the event here.

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