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St. Catherine’s Maternity Department Earns Highest NYS Obstetrical Improvement Award

October 30th, 2014

Every week of pregnancy matters. Research shows that babies born full-term (from 39 up to 41 weeks) have better outcomes than those born preterm (before 37 weeks) or early term (from 37 up to 39 weeks). Some early deliveries (before 39 weeks gestation) are unavoidable for medical reasons. However, some scheduled early deliveries—by induction or cesarean section (C-section)—may not be medically necessary and could be postponed until the baby is full term.

Therefore, the The New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative (NYSPQC) was formed. An initiative of the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH), which aims to provide the best and safest care for women and infants in New York State by preventing and minimizing harm through the use of evidence-based practice interventions. 

St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center is among the 98 of 128 New York state-wide hospitals actively participating in the Obstetrical Improvement Project. The project’s main goal is to reduce scheduled deliveries without medical indication between 36 and 39 weeks gestation through the translation of evidence-based guidelines into clinical practice.

This October, St. Catherine of Siena was awarded the 2013 Quality Improvement Award for reporting fewer than three schedeuled deliveries without medical indication for the entire year. This is the highest level of achievement possible from the Obstetrical Improvement Project.

“We congratulate you and recognize the work your facility’s team has done to reach the goal of eliminating scheduled deliveries without a medical indication,” said Acting Commissioner of Health Howard A. Zucker, MD, JD. “Your efforts to improve maternal and newborn outcomes are recognized and appreciated.”

St. Catherine’s Maternity Department consists of five birthing rooms, two operating rooms and a recovery room. The seven-bed Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Special Care Nursery) provides care for newborns by skilled registered nurses, recognized by the National Certification Corporation in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Neonatal Specialty. St. Catherine’s Maternity Services include: Labor & Delivery, Newborn Nursery, Level II Neonatal ICU and Postpartum.

For more information about St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center and Maternity Services, please call (631) 870-3444.