January/February 2007

Perinatal Care Collaborative Sets Goal

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Representatives from nine of the 19 market-based organizations involved in the Perinatal Care Collaborative Group, along with national staff members who support the group, met in Minneapolis on December 14. Seated, from left: Mary Osborne, Catholic Health Initiatives; Kathy Cowley, St. John’s Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo.; Barb Caspers, Catholic Health Initiatives; Tammi Kartes, Mercy Hospital, Devils Lake, N.D.; Deb Haagenson, St. Joseph’s Area Health Services, Park Rapids, Minn. Standing, from left: Jeff Norton, Catholic Health Initiatives; Ellen Augustine, Mercy Medical Center, Nampa, Idaho; Gayleen Bernal, St. Catherine Hospital, Garden City, Kan.; Mary Helland, St. Francis Medical Center, Breckenridge, Minn.; Tracy Wart, St. Anthony Hospital, Pendleton, Ore.; Deb Bolin, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center, Dickinson, N.D.; Joyce Graham, St. Joseph Medical Center, Reading, Pa.; Vicki Logan, Mercy Hospital, Devils Lake, N.D.; Holly Pendleton, Catholic Health Initiatives; Randy Wick, Catholic Health Initiatives.

A group of 19 market-based organizations has set a goal to eliminate preventable birth injuries by December 2008. The Perinatal Care Collaborative Group is comprised of chief nursing officers, risk managers and obstetric department staff members from the market-based organization groups led by Dave Goode and Larry Schulz, senior vice presidents of operations for Catholic Health Initiatives. “These market-based organizations are taking a systematic approach to improving patient care and satisfaction in perinatal services, and ultimately reducing risk, through implementation of evidence-based practices,” said Randy Wick, senior risk consultant for Catholic Health Initiatives. “They will base this work on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Idealized Design for Perinatal Care white paper. The white paper promotes achievement of a new level of perinatal care, primarily through effective communication, thorough documentation and implementation of the elective induction and augmentation bundles for managing labor and delivery.” A bundle is a collection of evidence-based processes that, when executed together, result in better patient outcomes. Representatives from nine of the 19 market-based organizations involved in the project met on December 14 at Catholic Health Initiatives’ Minneapolis office to discuss the best approach to project implementation. The project team will also oversee outcome measurement and reporting, as well as the sharing of best practices throughout the group. The Perinatal Care Collaborative Group is supported by Catholic Health Initiatives’ national Clinical Services, Knowledge Management, Performance Management and Risk and Insurance Management Groups. For more information, contact Randy Wick at randywick@catholichealth.net, Mary Osborne at maryosborne@catholichealth.net, or Barbara Caspers at barbaracaspers@catholichealth.net.