NTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Hospital, INTEGRIS Health Edmond and INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center were all recently awarded by the Oklahoma Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative (OPQIC) for creating a culture of excellence in perinatal care for Oklahoma mothers and newborns.
The Spotlight Hospital Awards were presented at the third annual summit of the collaborative in Oklahoma City. There are 52 birthing hospitals in Oklahoma and only six received this award. Four of the six recognized hospitals are part of the INTEGRIS system.
Approximately 200 providers of maternal and infant care came together at the event to discuss continued efforts to improve outcomes for Oklahoma mothers and babies, and to celebrate success from their ongoing work.
Hospitals receiving the Spotlight Hospital Awards were recognized for participation and sustained improvement in the areas of early elective deliveries (inducing labor and scheduling cesarean births before 39 weeks without a medical reason), being prepared for obstetrical emergencies (such as hemorrhage and preeclampsia) through training, guidelines and hospital resources, education to prevent abusive head trauma (commonly known as shaken baby syndrome), modeling and promoting safe sleep practices, and creating an environment that is supportive of best practices in maternity care and breastfeeding.
In addition, Vicky Harter, BSN, RN at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center received the Warren M. Crosby Champion for Maternal and Infant Health Award for going above and beyond to display exemplary effort to improve outcomes for mothers and babies in the local community and statewide.
The Oklahoma Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative launched in 2014 with a mission to provide leadership and engage interested stakeholders in a collaborative effort to improve the health outcomes for Oklahoma women and infants using evidence-based practice guidelines and quality improvement processes. OPQIC works with Oklahoma birthing hospitals and perinatal care providers of all types to improve perinatal care of Oklahoma mothers and newborns by collaborating with partners to identify and remove barriers to providing safe, quality perinatal care.