2010 Global Vision Award Winners
The 2010 Global Vision Community Partnership Award winning programs, and their nominating hospitals, include the Women's Outpatient Center, nominated by Wheaton Franciscan - St. Joseph; and the Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic, nominated by ProHealth Care.
"The Women's Outpatient Center" (WOC) is a multidisciplinary clinic, opened in 2003, dedicated to providing exceptional care to low-income women and infants. Located within Wheaton Franciscan - St. Joseph's in Milwaukee, the WOC addresses disparities in health care by providing free OB/GYN services to low-income women, and providing a network of resources, giving patients access to social workers, language interpreters, financial counselors, dieticians and more. With objectives of increasing rates of prenatal care, increasing birth weight statistics and lowering fetal death/infant mortality rates, the WOC delivered over 400 babies in FY2009. Ninety percent were born with healthy birth-weights; only seven percent of newborns were placed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 57 percent of pregnant patients initiated prenatal care in the first trimester, and 71 percent of African American patients began breastfeeding in the hospital, with 55 percent still breastfeeding at six weeks postpartum.
The "Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic" (WCCDC) is the direct result of community health providers identifying and addressing a top community need. The free-standing, non-profit dental clinic aims to increase access to dental care for the targeted population, increase preventive dental care for low-income children, decrease hospital emergency visits, and coordinate education and outreach by numerous community partners. The WCCDC focuses on providing basic comprehensive dental care to children and pregnant women and treating dental emergencies for both uninsured and publicly insured adults. Since opening in 2008, the clinic has served more than 4,000 patients during 8,900 appointments, and provides service to over 53 percent of the Medicaid-enrolled children in the area.