CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital is participating in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Perinatal Improvement Collaborative, which is a large-scale, data-driven collaborative of 200+ leading hospitals caring for diverse populations in all 50 states. The collaborative is overseen by the HHS Office on Women’s Health (OWH) using real-time data, analytics and performance improvement methodologies from Premier Inc.

The HHS Perinatal Improvement Collaborative will test interventions and protocols to reduce preventable deaths and complications among mothers and their babies. Using a standardized data collection system, the program will be able to quickly generate solutions for safer obstetric and neonatal care that can be implemented nationwide.

“As the first freestanding hospital in West Virginia dedicated specifically to the care of women and their children, CAMC is proud to partner with Premier on this important initiative,” said Andrew Weber, administrator of CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital. “We are proud to participate in this national initiative committed to improving patient outcomes – particularly as it relates to health equity among diverse populations.”

“Maternal health is an important indicator for infant health,” said Dorothy Fink, M.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women’s Health and Director, Office on Women’s Health. “If we can standardize quality care for women during pregnancy and after giving birth, we can change the current trajectory of maternal and infant death. When mothers have better health, we create better opportunities for infants and the larger community to have better health. I’m excited this collaboration will help us fulfill the HHS Maternal Health Action Plan and vision that our nation is the safest for women to give birth. At HHS, we are committed to making this happen.”

The effort will be guided by an external advisory panel comprising more than 20 expert clinicians, thought leaders and patient partners from a coalition of advocacy organizations focused on leading causes of maternal mortality and morbidity.

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