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While many care coordination strategies focus on the elderly, who have a higher rate of comorbidities, one of the most important benchmarks of health status is infant mortality. In Indiana, the infant mortality rate is the seventh highest in the country, with 7.6 deaths per thousand births versus a nationwide rate of 5.9.
The leadership at University Medical Center of Princeton in Plainsboro, New Jersey, part of Princeton HealthCare System, established a goal to grow maternity services at a time when US Census projections showed a steady decline in women of childbearing age across the region. A couple of years earlier, the health system built a larger replacement facility on a well-traveled stretch of US Route 1, making the respected community teaching hospital more visible and accessible to a growing population in central New Jersey. And although this provided an important opportunity to target a new audience, the marketing team wrestled with how best to develop the right marketing strategy.