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October 07, 2021 - York, PA

Department of Human Services Partners with Hospitals to Enhance Maternal Health Services

The Department of Human Services (DHS) continues their focus on improving maternal health by joining WellSpan Health and Representative Carol Hill-Evans to highlight the Wolf Administration's leadership in developing best practices to support the health system's work to improve screenings, follow-up, and use of treatment for perinatal depression. WellSpan York is one of 16 hospitals participating in the enhanced screening process using the framework established by Pennsylvania's Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PQC), a partnership led by DHS and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, focused on improving identification and care for patients experiencing perinatal depression during or after pregnancy.

"Pregnancy and the postpartum period are times of great joy and great change. With this change can come stress, fear, and anxiety that can fuel feelings of depression and isolation and invasive thoughts. Alarmingly, nearly 60 percent of pregnancy-associated deaths happen between 42 days and one year after giving birth. Pennsylvania mothers deserve more which is why DHS is taking a close look at maternal health practices," said Acting Secretary Snead. "Our health care system and providers must be partners and advocates in mothers' health and wellbeing. The department is proud to be working closing with hospitals to develop and embed better perinatal depression screening, follow-up, and treatment practices are an important step to make this a foundational part of prenatal and postpartum care, and I am very grateful to WellSpan Health for their partnership and leadership in this space. Moms, babies, and their entire families deserve more, and this is our opportunity to do better."



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20117_DHS_Maternal_Depression_NK_001.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Department of Human Services (DHS) Acting Secretary Meg Snead speaks during a press conference, which highlighted WellSpan Healths work to improve screenings, follow-up, and use of treatment for perinatal depression, outside of the hospital in York on Thursday, October 7, 2021. WellSpan York is one of 16 hospitals participating in the enhanced screening process using the framework established by Pennsylvania's Perinatal Quality Collaborative, a partnership led by DHS and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, focused on improving identification and care for patients experiencing perinatal depression during or after pregnancy. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20117_DHS_Maternal_Depression_NK_002.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Megan Lecas, senior vice president of Service Lines at WellSpan Health, right, talks with Rep. Carol Hill-Evans during a press conference, which highlighted WellSpan Healths work to improve screenings, follow-up, and use of treatment for perinatal depression, outside of the hospital in York on Thursday, October 7, 2021. WellSpan York is one of 16 hospitals participating in the enhanced screening process using the framework established by Pennsylvania's Perinatal Quality Collaborative, a partnership led by DHS and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, focused on improving identification and care for patients experiencing perinatal depression during or after pregnancy. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20117_DHS_Maternal_Depression_NK_003.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Megan Lecas, senior vice president of Service Lines at WellSpan Health, speaks during a press conference, which highlighted WellSpan Healths work to improve screenings, follow-up, and use of treatment for perinatal depression, outside of the hospital in York on Thursday, October 7, 2021. WellSpan York is one of 16 hospitals participating in the enhanced screening process using the framework established by Pennsylvania's Perinatal Quality Collaborative, a partnership led by DHS and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, focused on improving identification and care for patients experiencing perinatal depression during or after pregnancy. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20117_DHS_Maternal_Depression_NK_004.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Rep. Carol Hill-Evans speaks during a press conference, which highlighted WellSpan Healths work to improve screenings, follow-up, and use of treatment for perinatal depression, outside of the hospital in York on Thursday, October 7, 2021. WellSpan York is one of 16 hospitals participating in the enhanced screening process using the framework established by Pennsylvania's Perinatal Quality Collaborative, a partnership led by DHS and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, focused on improving identification and care for patients experiencing perinatal depression during or after pregnancy. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20117_DHS_Maternal_Depression_NK_005.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Department of Human Services (DHS) Acting Secretary Meg Snead speaks during a press conference, which highlighted WellSpan Healths work to improve screenings, follow-up, and use of treatment for perinatal depression, outside of the hospital in York on Thursday, October 7, 2021. WellSpan York is one of 16 hospitals participating in the enhanced screening process using the framework established by Pennsylvania's Perinatal Quality Collaborative, a partnership led by DHS and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, focused on improving identification and care for patients experiencing perinatal depression during or after pregnancy. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20117_DHS_Maternal_Depression_NK_006.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Department of Human Services (DHS) Acting Secretary Meg Snead speaks during a press conference, which highlighted WellSpan Healths work to improve screenings, follow-up, and use of treatment for perinatal depression, outside of the hospital in York on Thursday, October 7, 2021. WellSpan York is one of 16 hospitals participating in the enhanced screening process using the framework established by Pennsylvania's Perinatal Quality Collaborative, a partnership led by DHS and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, focused on improving identification and care for patients experiencing perinatal depression during or after pregnancy. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20117_DHS_Maternal_Depression_NK_007.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Megan Lecas, senior vice president of Service Lines at WellSpan Health, speaks during a press conference, which highlighted WellSpan Healths work to improve screenings, follow-up, and use of treatment for perinatal depression, outside of the hospital in York on Thursday, October 7, 2021. WellSpan York is one of 16 hospitals participating in the enhanced screening process using the framework established by Pennsylvania's Perinatal Quality Collaborative, a partnership led by DHS and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, focused on improving identification and care for patients experiencing perinatal depression during or after pregnancy. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20117_DHS_Maternal_Depression_NK_008.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Megan Lecas, senior vice president of Service Lines at WellSpan Health, center, talks with Department of Human Services (DHS) Acting Secretary Meg Snead, during a press conference, which highlighted WellSpan Healths work to improve screenings, follow-up, and use of treatment for perinatal depression, outside of the hospital in York on Thursday, October 7, 2021. WellSpan York is one of 16 hospitals participating in the enhanced screening process using the framework established by Pennsylvania's Perinatal Quality Collaborative, a partnership led by DHS and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, focused on improving identification and care for patients experiencing perinatal depression during or after pregnancy. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20117_DHS_Maternal_Depression_NK_009.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Rep. Carol Hill-Evans speaks during a press conference, which highlighted WellSpan Healths work to improve screenings, follow-up, and use of treatment for perinatal depression, outside of the hospital in York on Thursday, October 7, 2021. WellSpan York is one of 16 hospitals participating in the enhanced screening process using the framework established by Pennsylvania's Perinatal Quality Collaborative, a partnership led by DHS and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, focused on improving identification and care for patients experiencing perinatal depression during or after pregnancy. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20117_DHS_Maternal_Depression_NK_010.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Megan Lecas, senior vice president of Service Lines at WellSpan Health, left, talks with Department of Human Services (DHS) Acting Secretary Meg Snead, during a press conference, which highlighted WellSpan Healths work to improve screenings, follow-up, and use of treatment for perinatal depression, outside of the hospital in York on Thursday, October 7, 2021. WellSpan York is one of 16 hospitals participating in the enhanced screening process using the framework established by Pennsylvania's Perinatal Quality Collaborative, a partnership led by DHS and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, focused on improving identification and care for patients experiencing perinatal depression during or after pregnancy. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20117_DHS_Maternal_Depression_NK_011.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Department of Human Services (DHS) Acting Secretary Meg Snead speaks during a press conference, which highlighted WellSpan Healths work to improve screenings, follow-up, and use of treatment for perinatal depression, outside of the hospital in York on Thursday, October 7, 2021. WellSpan York is one of 16 hospitals participating in the enhanced screening process using the framework established by Pennsylvania's Perinatal Quality Collaborative, a partnership led by DHS and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, focused on improving identification and care for patients experiencing perinatal depression during or after pregnancy. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20117_DHS_Maternal_Depression_NK_012.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Megan Lecas, senior vice president of Service Lines at WellSpan Health, speaks during a press conference, which highlighted WellSpan Healths work to improve screenings, follow-up, and use of treatment for perinatal depression, outside of the hospital in York on Thursday, October 7, 2021. WellSpan York is one of 16 hospitals participating in the enhanced screening process using the framework established by Pennsylvania's Perinatal Quality Collaborative, a partnership led by DHS and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, focused on improving identification and care for patients experiencing perinatal depression during or after pregnancy.