Recognizing The Birthing Inn for its effort to reduce elective early term deliveries are (from left) Abraham Segres, Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association; Lonesome Pine Hospital Clinical Services Director Cindy Stidham, The Birthing Inn Director Della Price, LPH Chief Administrative Officer Matt Tavenner, LPH Community Board member Nancy Bailey, Dr. Michael C. Ketcham, registered nurse Tiffany Wagner, Obstetrics Director Liz Sluss, and March of Dimes Community Director Nikki Hicks.
Lonesome Pine Hospital has been recognized for its efforts to reduce the number of elective early-term baby deliveries.
The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA) recognized The Birthing Inn at Lonesome Pine Hospital Tuesday, Sept. 9 for reducing elective early-term deliveries, or EED’s.
Abraham Segres, vice president of quality and patient safety for VHHA, visited Lonesome Pine Hospital to present a banner to The Birthing Inn.
The VHHA Board of Directors two years ago adopted a goal for the 53 Virginia hospitals that offer obstetrical services work to reduce EED’s. The hospitals took up the challenge, reducing EED’s by 50 percent since January 2013. As of March 2014, Segres said, the state EED rate was 1.77 percent; LPH’s was at zero.
An EED is defined as a delivery between 37-39 weeks without a medical or obstetrical indication. An early delivery “carries significant increased risk for a baby compared to infants born between 39 and 41 weeks,” according to VHHA.
Virginia hospitals have reduced their EED’s by working with medical staff to adopt policies to identify the specific situations in which the benefits of an early delivery would be greater than the risks associated with early delivery. Staff, patient and family education has been important to the effort to reduce the rate, VHHA said.
A statewide steering committee including representatives of VHHA, the Medical Society of Virginia, the March of Dimes, the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia chapter of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists provided guidance for the effort.