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Dr. Del Rio Hoover Receives Ascension Health Award
01/15/2009
Dr. Del Rio Hoover

Dr. Maria Del Rio Hoover, a neonatologist in St. Mary’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit, has been named the recipient of a national Mission and Values Award given by Ascension Health. Del Rio Hoover was selected as the recipient in the Individual category.

Sister Maureen McGuire, DC, Senior Vice President, Mission Integration, Ascension Health, believes Del Rio Hoover is an encouragement to those around her. “Dr. Del Rio Hoover is an inspiration and a beloved friend to children and their families, within both the hospital and the community at large. Her effectiveness in service and her manner of reverent presence with those she serves, as well as with her colleagues, is a vivid testimony to our Mission.”

Ascension Health established the Mission and Values Awards to honor and thank those individuals who live the values in their daily service in such evident ways that they inspire others to do so, and convey the heart of the Mission to the larger community.

According to Tim Flesch, President and CEO of St. Mary’s Health System, Del Rio Hoover exemplifies the highest level of excellence in the area of demonstrated and recognized day-to-day expression of the Mission and Values of Ascension Health. “Dr. Del Rio Hoover is a dedicated advocate for families, a brilliant, caring physician and a great asset to the tri-state. She is innovative by nature and sees well beyond the immediate needs of the infants in the NICU. She is a strong advocate for the children in our community, as well.”

Several years ago, Del Rio Hoover led efforts to research community needs. The research showed three areas where additional services were needed: referral information for physicians and their patients, specialized feeding disorder therapies that help young children thrive, and expanded services for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and their families. St. Mary’s Center for Children was formed in early 2006 to meet the special medical needs of tri-state children and their families. Del Rio Hoover is the medical director for St. Mary’s Center for Children.

She has also been a leading force behind the development of a Proficiency in Pediatrics Initiative for anyone on St. Mary’s staff providing care for or interacting with children. This Initiative was created to coordinate and create consistency in the way St. Mary’s provides healthcare for children throughout the health system. The Proficiency in Pediatrics Initiative utilizes several steps to achieve an optimal experience for pediatric patients including: creating an environment that is soothing and child friendly, using distraction techniques, using pharmaceutical interventions, recognizing those caregivers who demonstrate an expert level of skill in pediatric care and creating a Children’s Bill of Rights.

A collaborative effort of St. Mary’s staff, physicians, pediatric patients and their parents, the Children’s Bill of Rights outlines the basic rights St. Mary’s expects children to have as they receive their healthcare including a right to be respected, to be comforted, to be understood, to be heard, to be comfortable, to be informed and to be a person who deserves patience, gentleness, kindness and the very best care close to home. Del Rio Hoover played a leading role in bringing a Ronald McDonald House to the area. Recently, community leaders broke ground on the future site of the Ronald McDonald House located adjacent to St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Ascension Health is the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system. Ascension Health serves patients through a network of hospitals and health facilities providing acute care services, long-term care, community health services, psychiatric, rehabilitation, and residential care.

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