Proposed Cuts For TN Perinatal Program

(Memphis) Cuts could soon be coming for an essential Tennessee program that combats infant mortality.

The Regional Perinatal Program is part of cuts in this year’s TennCare budget recommendations given to Governor Bill Haslam.

Haslam will go over the budget before presenting his own budget to state legislators.

Dr. Ramasubbareddy Dhanireddy said the program, which has five different centers statewide, is effective for West Tennesse and run from the Regional Medical Center.

The program targets mothers who have high-risk pregnancies.

“We have specialist on all 24/7 for any obstetrician in the region, they can call into the hospital for a consultation,” said Dr. Dhanireddy.

The program also allows for doctors and nurses to travel to other West Tennessee hospitals to provide care.

“Part of the experience is we keep doing it, so we have a highly trained team of nurses and doctors,” said Dr. Dhanireddy about the program that has been in existence for several decades.

TennCare provide$2.5 million each year for the program, which is matched by the federal government.

The program at the Med also follows babies into childhood.

“These high risk babies have later developmental problems, disabilities. So we need to follow them carefully,” said Dr. Dhannireddy.

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