Catholic Health Participates in New Obstetrical Program to Keep Mothers and Babies Safe During Delivery

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May 9, 2012

Preparing for the birth of a baby can be a nervous time for expectant parents. They want everything to go well – especially the delivery.

Catholic Health’s Mercy Hospital of Buffalo and Sisters of Charity Hospital were recently selected, along with four other New York State hospitals, to serve as demonstration sites for a special program to enhance obstetrical safety.


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Endorsed by the state chapter of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, MORE OB (Managing Obstetrical Risk Efficiently) is a patient safety, professional development, and performance improvement program for caregivers and administrators in hospital obstetrical departments.

Several nurses and staff from Mercy Hospital's Maternity and Labor & Delivery Units gathered at a news conference held on May 8 to launch a new obstetrical patient safety program called MORE OB.  From left are: Lawrence Gugino, MD, Chair of OB/GYN Dept.; Linda Pollinger, RN; Mary Ann Murphy, BSN, Director of Maternal & Child Services; Jennifer Field, midwife; and Lynn Marie Aronica, MD, OB/GYN.

Several nurses and staff from Mercy Hospital's Maternity and Labor & Delivery Units gathered at a news conference held on May 8 to launch a new obstetrical patient safety program called MORE OB. From left are: Lawrence Gugino, MD, Chair of OB/GYN Dept.; Linda Pollinger, RN; Mary Ann Murphy, BSN, Director of Maternal & Child Services; Jennifer Field, midwife; and Lynn Marie Aronica, MD, OB/GYN.


“This program is a game changer for obstetrical care in our community,” said Aimee Gomlak, vice president of Women’s Services for Catholic Health. “Clinical errors in obstetrical care are a serious problem that affects babies, their families and providers. By building and sustaining a ‘culture of safety’ in our labor and delivery units, we are ensuring new moms and their babies have the safest birth experience possible.”

The multi-year program is based on the proven principles of High Reliability Organizations (HRO’s) including:

  • safety as the priority,
  • effective communication,
  • teamwork,
  • decreased hierarchy in emergencies,
  • practice for emergencies, and
  • reflective learning.

By integrating evidence-based professional practice standards with current and evolving patient safety principles, MORE OB hospitals improve clinical outcomes, better manage obstetrical emergencies, and increase patient and staff satisfaction.

Intensive Care Services for High-risk Moms and Babies

Mercy Hospital and Sisters Hospital are currently the only area hospitals that offer intensive care services for high-risk mothers and babies. This ensures that families can stay together at the same location when specialized care is needed (pregnancy services).

“Patient safety is a top priority among our doctors, nurses, certified nurse midwives, residents and support staff,” Gomlak added. “Participating in MORE OB is another opportunity for us to enhance the high quality care and service we already provide.”

Funding

The program at Mercy and Sisters hospitals was funded in part through a $20,900 grant from The John R. Oishei Foundation. The Foundation was established in 1940 by John R. Oishei, founder of Trico Products Corporation, to support medical research, healthcare and education in the Buffalo area along with cultural and social needs. Catholic Medical Partners and Catholic Health also provided additional funding for the program.