Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City was recently recognized with a Spotlight Award by the Oklahoma Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative for providing excellent, high quality perinatal care.
The award recognizes hospitals for achieving sustained improvement in the areas of reducing unnecessary early elective deliveries, educating parents to prevent infant head trauma, modeling and promoting safe sleep practices, accurate newborn screening, using best practices in maternity care and breastfeeding, and preparing for obstetrical emergencies by providing resources and training for staff.
“Around 3,800 babies are delivered every year at Mercy and we are grateful for the families that entrust us with the most precious moments of their lives,” said Dr. Chad Smith, Mercy OB-GYN and chief medical officer at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City. “Our physicians, nurses and care teams are dedicated to always doing what’s best and safest for our patients and their families.”
Infant mortality and severe maternal illness rates across all Oklahoma hospitals have decreased by approximately 20% since the initiative began.