- Georgia: While shopping at Target, Piedmont Healthcare nurse Caris Lockwood spoke with a pregnant women who was experiencing contractions. Lockwood urged her to head to the hospital, but while exiting the store, the woman's water broke—and with help from another nurse who also happened to be at the store, Lockwood helped deliver a baby boy, 7-pounds and 10-ounces, just moments later. Shortly after delivery, both the baby boy and new mother were picked up by paramedics and transported to a nearby hospital (FOX5, 9/27; Hastings, Inside Edition, 9/26).
- Kentucky: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has awarded a $10 million grant to Kentucky's Cabinet for Health and Family Services to assist in combating the state's drug misuse epidemic. With the funding, the Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental, and Intellectual Disabilities will partner with Centerstone and Mountain Comprehensive Care on a new project focused on developing a more effective approach to people dealing with substance misuse (AP/Sacramento Bee, 9/27).
- Pennsylvania: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has named Nassar Nizami as CIO. Nizami has previously served as the VP and deputy for information systems at New York Presbyterian Hospital and as chief information security officer at Yale New Haven Health System (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 9/26).
9 steps to improve the quality of your hospital’s labor & delivery care
Perinatal care is a high-volume service, accounting for one-fifth of all hospital stays. Yet it is also highly variable, with significant differences in complication rates for both vaginal and cesarean deliveries between hospitals nationwide.
This toolkit is designed to help hospitals seize the opportunity to strengthen perinatal patient outcomes. It includes best practices and resources collected from organizations that have successfully improved labor and delivery care by reducing clinical variability.