Jersey Shore University Medical Center now providing Centering, nationally recognized model of group care

Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s Jane H. Booker Family Health Center said Tuesday it is now providing families with a CenteringParenting health care model.

The model combines health assessment, interactive learning and community building to deliver better health outcomes and a better care experience for patients and their providers.

“In this model, our patients receive the highest quality of care and, as part of an ongoing group, form a supportive community where they develop skills and confidence to take control of their health,” Dr. Rose St. Fleur, medical director, Center for Breastfeeding, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, said. “This paradigm shift to an innovative, evidence-based model is making an impact by bringing patients out of the exam room and into a comfortable group setting, and is effectively addressing the complex social determinants of health.”

The CenteringParenting program was made possible with an implementation grant and an additional supplemental grant from the Burke Foundation.

“This is an exciting time for the families we serve through the Family Health Center, and our practitioners, as we launch Centering, a nationally recognized model of group care,” Dr. Harpreet Pall, chair of pediatrics, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital and Jersey Shore University Medical Center, said. “With Dr. St. Fleur’s dedicated leadership, our program will create a greater sense of connection between families and our clinicians to promote healthy lifestyles and enhance our supportive environment.”

Jersey Shore University Medical Center also provides patients with the CenteringPregnancy model. CenteringParenting and CenteringPregnancy are the two group health care models currently supported by the Centering Healthcare Institute.

“We are excited to partner with the Jane H. Booker Family Health Center to expand CenteringParenting in New Jersey. They join a growing number of dedicated Centering practice sites throughout the U.S. who are creating a movement that is impacting health outcomes, the patient experience and provider satisfaction,” Angie Truesdale, CEO of Centering Healthcare Institute, the nonprofit that provides implementation support, training and tools to ensure model fidelity to Centering practice sites, said.

The Jane H. Booker Family Health Center in Neptune provides a wide range of outpatient health care services to meet the needs of every family member. The center’s team works closely with specialists at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, ensuring well-coordinated specialty care when needed. For more information, call 732-869-5700 or click here.