News from Catholic Health Services
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104
Date: May 11, 2010
West Islip, NY – In response to an initiative of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center has successfully implemented measures to improve obstetric care. The HANYS protocols the hospital followed could be included in a statewide perinatal safety program, standardizing such programs as electronic fetal monitoring training. HANYS has worked with the American College of Obstetric and Gynecology and the state’s Department of Health (DOH) over the past year, resulting in the “Obstetric Safety Initiative: Providing Excellence in Electronic Fetal Monitoring”. This project is designed to train obstetric teams to interpret, communicate and effectively respond to fetal heart rate tracings.
Medical staff from Good Samaritan Hospital’s Birthplace and pediatric services joined the HANYS obstetric safety initiative in April, 2009. Data collection started in June, 2009 to track elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks gestation, NICU admissions rates between 37 and 38.6 weeks. As a result of these efforts, elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks were decreased by 47%. The hospital has also seen a decrease in the number of “late preterm” babies being admitted to the NICU.
The Perinatal Safety Collaborative is run by the Greater New York Health Association, and the Obstetric Safety Initiative is run by HANYS. Their objectives are to improve the quality of obstetrical and perinatal care by identifying the best practices. The goal is to decrease adverse outcomes through education and training. The Institute for Health Improvement (IHI) came up with several bundles for many different diagnoses. The “induction bundle” for example, consists of four criteria that must be met in order for an elective induction to be deemed appropriate. The criteria are gestational age of 39 weeks or greater, reassuring fetal status, pelvic exam that is favorable for induction and the absence of tachysystole (too many uterine contractions). ACOG has issued statements that support these criteria.
HANYS requested that DOH undertake additional analysis of statewide data, and share that data with hospital representatives and obstetric personnel in order to help identify trends in adverse perinatal outcomes. The association also requested that DOH create additional opportunities for hospitals and clinicians to have access to important education and training, in a statewide effort to improve obstetric care.
Each year in Good Samaritan's BirthPlace, more than 3,000 infants are welcomed into the world. A talented group of physicians, nurses and support staff are responsible for the mother and newborn's well being. Expectant mothers who have been classified with a high-risk pregnancy because of factors such as premature labor, maternal medical complications (i.e. diabetes or cardiac) or multiple pregnancies are cared for through the Maternal Fetal Medicine Program.
For further information on Good Samaritan's BirthPlace, call (631) 376-4444.
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is a 537-bed (including 100 nursing home beds), voluntary, not-for-profit hospital located in West Islip. The Medical Center, which has 4,400 employees and more than 800 physicians on staff, had 29,000 patient admissions and more than 100,000 emergency room visits in 2009. Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Visit our website at www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.
Good Samaritan provides approximately $49 million in community service and charity care each year. The Medical Center supplies residents with the tools necessary to maintain good health. This includes community lectures, screenings, health fairs and other community programs and services.