Meridian HealthCare Receives $20,000 from the Western Reserve Health Foundation for MOMS Program

Meridian HealthCare has received $20,000 from the Western Reserve Health Foundation for Meridian’s Mahoning County Maternal Opiates Medical Support (MOMS) program. Meridian’s Mahoning County MOMS program, based out of Meridian’s Main Office in Youngstown, was created to improve maternal and fetal health outcomes, improve family stability, and reduce costs of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) by providing treatment and support to pregnant mothers during pregnancy and postpartum. The program is a team-based healthcare delivery model that emphasizes care coordination and wrap-around services engaging expecting mothers, struggling with opioid use, in a combination of counseling, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), and case management.

The MOMS Program also provides certain supplies that are pertinent to help the mother and baby through the early stages of pregnancy, during birth, after birth, and for the first year postpartum. Many times, the mother cannot afford items such as maternity clothes, baby clothes, baby bottle supplies, feminine hygiene products, diapers, blankets, car seats/strollers, assistance with transportation, and much more. The funding received from the Western Reserve Health Foundation will help provide these necessary items and supplies!

The Western Reserve Health Foundation was established in the 1980s as the fundraising arm of the Western Reserve Care System. In 2009, the care system’s successor, Forum Health, filed for bankruptcy protection, a move that affected the system’s hospitals and the foundation. After more than two years of bankruptcy court proceedings, the foundation was reshaped with a broader mission to support healthcare needs across Mahoning County.

WRHF funds that had been tied up in court proceedings were released in 2012 to serve this larger purpose, and the foundation became a supporting organization of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley. The foundation continues to operate with a board of directors comprised of local community leaders.

For more information on the WRHF, please visit: https://www.cfmv.org/western-reserve-health-foundation/