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Health Quest hospitals honored for safe birthing by health department

Posted: 1/20/2015

Vassar Brothers Medical Center and Northern Dutchess Hospital were recently recognized by the New York State Department of Health for not scheduling early deliveries when no medical reason exists. The Health Quest affiliated hospitals were named recipients of the New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative Obstetrical Improvement Project’s 2013 Quality Improvement Award. Winners were announced Tuesday.

Northern Dutchess reported fewer than three scheduled deliveries via induction or cesarean without a medical indication for all of 2013, while Vassar Brothers did the same during the six-month period of July through December 2013.

“We want our patients to deliver at full-term whenever possible to give babies the best start in life,” said Pam Rhodes, women’s services director and chief nursing officer at Northern Dutchess.

“We are proud to have participated in the Perinatal Quality Collaborative to reduce scheduled deliveries without a medical indication prior to 39 weeks.  The goal of the collaborative was to improve outcomes for women and children across the state,” said Mary Zajc, associate chief nursing officer of maternal child health at Vassar Brothers.

The New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative is an initiative of the state Department of Health that aims to provide the best and safest care for women and infants.

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