Join the team at Jamaica Hospital, who have been successfully facilitating CenteringPregnancy groups for years, to discuss their innovations around Centering group care this past year. When social distancing rules put a halt to their groups, they needed to find an alternative solution for the women in their community. The Women's Health Center Practice Manager, Medical Director, and their hospital IT department worked tirelessly in order to integrate CenteringPregnancy, self-care, and Electronic Medical Record (EMR) to create a system of prenatal care that is safe, satisfies ACOG and Centering guidelines, and, most importantly, offers this invaluable service to the women in our community.
Patricia Fox, MS, CM, is the Coordinator of Midwifery Services and Childbirth Education at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and covers the East New York (ENY) Clinic in Brooklyn. She is a single mom with a BA in English Lit from the University of Minnesota, a MS w/Midwifery Certificate from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, a Registered Yoga Teacher who specializes in Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga, a Birthing from Within Childbirth Mentor, and a DONA certified Labor and Postpartum Doula. Becoming a CenteringPregnancy facilitator was a natural next step in her journey toward encouraging all women to take agency of their own care.
Thalita Viruet MS, CPC is the practice manager at Jamaica Hospital’s Women’s Health Center. She has been employed at Jamaica Hospital Center for 22 years. During this time accomplished a BS in Health Administration, a MS in Education, a Professional Coding Certification to perform internal audits and an Epic Ambulatory Certification. Her main goal working at the Women’s Health Center is to make sure that all patients are provided with high-quality health care, which is the driving force for redefining how patients access health care during these difficult times.
Ruth Guillaume is a first generation born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Raised in a family of 16 children, 12 girls and 4 boys, immigrant parent and Identical twin sister. She went to Jamaica Hospital seeking prenatal care and insurance, but received much more, a family at Jamaica Hospital. Ruth started off as a volunteer for Centering Advocacy, became the assistant and now the Coordinator for Centering Pregnancy. She stated it is a great honor to have been served and now serving her community.