CHA News Article

California Birthing Hospitals Set Standard for Maternal Care
HQI Annual Conference to feature workshop on quality improvement in hospital birthing units

A July 27 USA Today news article brings attention to the growing maternal mortality rate in birthing hospitals across the U.S. The article highlights that many of these deaths could be preventable and points to the work in California birthing hospitals as the exception, “where safety experts and hospitals worked together to implement practices that are now endorsed by leading medical societies as the gold standard of care.” A segment by National Public Radio also highlights that hospitals across the nation are looking to replicate California’s success.

Birthing centers like Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center — one of California’s largest — practice emergency drills for common maternity emergencies, such as hemorrhage or preeclampsia, and have implemented recommendations from toolkits and guidelines provided by the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC).

Building on this work, the Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) and CMQCC will co-present a workshop at the 2018 HQI Annual Conference, Oct. 28-30 in Huntington Beach, about the importance of building quality improvement capacity with teams representing hospital birthing units as well as patient safety, risk management and quality improvement departments.

Led by CMQCC Medical Director and Executive Committee Chair Elliott Main, MD, and HQI Clinical Improvement Educator Kim Werkmeister, RN, the three-hour workshop will provide the latest information on California’s maternity successes and opportunities for improvement, as well as an opportunity to work with interdisciplinary perinatal quality teams at the hospital level to continue promoting healthy moms and babies. Generous grants by Blue Shield of California and the California HealthCare Foundation will allow teams from birthing hospitals to attend the conference on a scholarship; details and an application are available online.

Elliott Main, MD Kim Werkmeister, RN

While California hospitals’ outcomes lead the nation, there is still work to be done. Eighty-nine percent of California birthing hospitals are active members of CMQCC; HQI is working to engage the remaining 11 percent. Please contact Claire Manneh, HQI director of programs, for more details.