This summer, Sharon Hammer, M.D. was honored by Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts for her excellence and innovation in delivering services to Nebraska Medicaid recipients.
Gov. Ricketts named Dr. Hammer as one of three recipients of the inaugural Nebraska Medicaid Provider Award. Dr. Hammer was recognized for the establishment of the state’s first psychiatric service line dedicated solely to the assessment and care of women during the perinatal period. The UNMC Reproductive Psychiatry Clinic was established over a ten-year period of focused work providing evidence-based care to this vulnerable population and developing the clinic into an interdisciplinary group of mental health providers dedicated to perinatal women throughout the region.
“Medicaid covers almost half of deliveries in Nebraska, and the proportion of Medicaid coverage for maternity care is even higher at UNMC, making this a priority population for the state,” Dr. Hammer said. “The Reproductive Psychiatry Clinic is dedicated to educating psychiatry residents on best practices for the assessment and treatment of perinatal patients thereby improving the mental health care of Nebraska’s pregnant and postpartum women well into the future.”
Dr. Hammer graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She returned to UNMC in 2006 and joined the UNMC faculty as an assistant professor. Dr. Hammer is the co-director of Medical Student Education for the Department of Psychiatry and serves as the Psychiatry Clerkship Director.
Dr. Henry Sakowski, an internal medicine specialist at CHI Health Center, and Dr. Rebecca Lancaster, a family physician with Methodist Physicians Clinic, were also honored with the Nebraska Medicaid Provider Award.