Jersey Shore University Medical Center now provides innovative group health care for families

The centering model combines health assessment, interactive learning, and community building to deliver better health outcomes and better care for families

Dr. St. Fleur addresses a crowd of physicians and team members at the recent CenteringParenting launch event at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, providing an overview of the program.

The Jane H. Booker Family Health Center at Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center now provides families with the CenteringParenting® Health Model.

“In this model, our patients receive the highest quality of care and, as part of an ongoing group, form a supportive community where they develop the skills and confidence to take control of their health,” said Rose St. Fleur, MD, FAAP , IBCLC, FABM, medical director, Breastfeeding Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center. “This paradigm shift to an innovative, evidence-based model is making an impact by moving patients out of the exam room into a comfortable group setting and effectively addressing the complex social determinants of health.”

The centering model combines health assessment, interactive learning, and community building to deliver better health outcomes and better care for patients and their providers. “This is an exciting time for the families we serve through the Family Health Center and our practitioners as we launch Centering, a nationally recognized model of group care,” said Harpreet Paul, MD, MBA, CPE, Chair of Pediatrics, K Hovnanian Children’s Hospital /Jersey Shore University Medical Center. “With Dr. St. Fleur’s dedicated leadership, our program will create a greater sense of connection between families and our clinicians to promote healthy lifestyles and enhance our supportive environment.”

Jersey Shore University Medical Center also provides patients with the CenteringPregnancy® model. CenteringParenting and CenteringPregnancy are the two group healthcare models currently supported by the Centering Healthcare Institute. CenteringPregnancy brings together 8-12 pregnant women who need prenatal care at the same time. Each of the 10 visits lasts from 90 minutes to two hours. CenteringParenting provides family-centered well-child care for the first two years following the nationally recognized Bright FuturesTM guidelines. Groups continue from CenteringPregnancy or begin when 6-8 parents and babies of the same age come together for care. Parents are actively involved in their child’s assessment at every visit, and an emphasis on family, self-care, well-being and women’s health is woven throughout.

“Coupling the launch of this centering program with US News & World Report’s recognition of our academic medical center as the nation’s top maternity care hospital for 2021-22, I am pleased to say that we are transforming healthcare in positive way for families in our community,” said Vito Buccellato, MPA, LNHA, president and CEO of Hospital, Jersey Shore University Medical Center/K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital.

Preterm birth affects 11.4 percent of all births in the US and is the leading cause of death in the first year of life. The cost of preterm births is $26.2 billion annually; $51,600 per baby. This burden includes medical and health care costs, intervention services, special education services, and loss of work and wages for families1. “Providing families with the health care centering model is just one way Jersey Shore University Medical Center is working to improve these health outcomes,” said Kenneth N. Sable, MD, MBA, FACEP, regional president, Southern Market , Hackensack Meridian Hello.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Jane H. Booker Family Health Center to expand CenteringParenting in New Jersey. They join a growing number of specialty practice centers across the U.S. that are creating a movement that is impacting health outcomes, patient experience and provider satisfaction,” said Angie Truesdale, CEO of the Centering Healthcare Institute, the organization with non-profit that provides implementation support, training and tools to ensure fidelity of the model to centers of practice.

The CenteringParenting program was made possible by an implementation grant and an additional supplemental grant from The Burke Foundation.

The Jane H. Booker Family Health Center provides a wide range of outpatient health services to meet the needs of every family member. The Center’s team works closely with specialists at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, providing well-coordinated specialty care when needed. Social workers are also available for assistance and access to community resources. The center is located at 1828 West Lake Avenue, Neptune, NJ. For more information, call 732-869-5700 or visit

Centering Healthcare Institute (CHI) improves health by transforming care through centering groups. She has developed and maintains the centering model in more than 450 practice locations and in some of the largest health systems in the world. They have partnered with many dedicated individuals and organizations to build a future where group healthcare becomes the standard of care. For more information about CHI and centering group care models, visit

1. Institute of Medicine, 2007

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