First Louisiana Perinatal Care Improvement Summit comes to New Orleans
DHH is excited to announce the first Louisiana Perinatal Care Improvement Summit which will take place in New Orleans on October 18, 2011. This event will bring together hospital leaders and maternity care providers to address one common goal: improving the health of our mothers and the outcomes of our babies. These health care leaders will share best practices, challenges and successes and work to implement strategies that will undoubtedly improve our birth outcomes across the state.
The Louisiana Perinatal Care Improvement Summit is one of the Birth Outcomes Initiative’s efforts to empower Louisiana’s hospitals and providers to address quality improvement across the state. We will highlight the partnerships cultivated by the Birth Outcomes Initiative and address how these collaborations have contributed to establishing a successful perinatal care network in Louisiana. Dr. Rebekah Gee, a brilliant physician and director of the Birth Outcomes Initiative, will also provide valuable feedback regarding the progress of our perinatal collaborations. Dr. Frank Opelka, Vice Chancellor of Clinical Affairs at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and a nationally recognized leader in quality improvement, will give a presentation on the national quality landscape. In addition, the director of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Dr. Virginia Crowe and the executive director of Childbirth Connection, Maureen Cory, will participate in an expert panel discussion on perinatal quality. Finally, leaders from maternity hospitals across the state involved in the Perinatal Quality Collaborative and the 39 Weeks Initiative will share their own success stories with other maternity hospitals.
One of the Louisiana Birth Outcomes Initiatives’ key strategies is to foster a strong culture of quality improvement among our state’s maternity hospitals. The “39 Week Initiative” encourages every birthing hospital in the state to end medically unnecessary deliveries prior to 39 weeks. Thus far, over 30 hospitals in the state have signed on to this pledge.
I’m also proud to say that DHH is the first state health and human services agency in the country to partner with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), a national leader in healthcare quality. Thus far, there are 15 of our highest volume hospitals participating in IHI’s Perinatal Quality Collaborative. Also leading the quality charge are our key partners, the Louisiana Hospital Association, Louisiana Medical Mutual Insurance Company (LAMMICO), the Louisiana State Medical Society and the Louisiana Chapter of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
To find out more about our birth outcomes initiative, please click here. We have a lot of work to do, but if we work together as individuals, families, health care providers and policy makers, we can produce a healthier generation of Louisianans for our future.