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St. John Medical Center Receives Award of Excellence from Oklahoma Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative

TULSA, Okla. (Oct. 6, 2017) – St. John Medical Center was among nine hospitals recognized 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 fourth annual summit of the collaborative in Oklahoma City on Sept. 29. Approximately 250 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), education to prevent abusive head trauma (commonly known as shaken baby syndrome), modeling and promoting safe sleep practices, creating an environment supportive of best practices in maternity care and  breastfeeding, and being prepared for obstetrical emergencies (such as hemorrhage and preeclampsia) through training, guidelines and hospital resources.  The award honors the St. John Medical Center Labor and Delivery, Post-Partum, Newborn Nursery and NICU departments.

The OPQIC 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.

OPQIC partners with the March of Dimes, Oklahoma City-County Health Department, Tulsa Health Department, Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Oklahoma Hospital Association, Oklahoma State Department of Health and County Health Departments, and University of Oklahoma Departments of OB/GYN and Pediatrics.

Photo: (left to right) St. John Medical Center associates Carissa Shaw, Christen Walls, Lindsey Green and Sharon Pollok attended the OPQIC awards ceremony in Oklahoma City on Sept. 29.

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