The Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative (ILPQC) recognized OSF St. Joseph Medical Center for the hospital’s effort in decreasing early elective deliveries (EED). This high commendation is earned by hospitals that promote medically safe, full-term pregnancies with mature deliveries after 39 weeks. To be part of the Early Elective Delivery initiative, hospitals need to have less than a five percent EED rate. OSF St. Joseph has had a zero percent EED rate for more than two years.
“Having a zero percent early elective delivery rate is possible because of the collaboration between our nursing staff and obstetricians,” said Chad Boore, president of OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. As they work together to educate expecting mothers on the importance of letting labor occur naturally, it provides the safest and healthiest beginning possible. “This recognition further acknowledges the care and compassion we strive to give each and every patient who comes into our care.”
Over the past four years, OSF St. Joseph, Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, and the March of Dimes have been working together through the campaign “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait” to help educate physicians, pregnant women, and women wanting to become pregnant about the importance of carrying babies for 39 weeks. This campaign discontinued the practice of early inductions, unless medically necessary, to promote a healthy start to life and help eliminate short- and long-term complications.
ILPQC was formed in late 2012 upon the recommendation of the Illinois Perinatal Advisory Committee Prematurity Task Force to the Illinois legislature. ILPQC, collaborators, and stakeholders work with over 100 hospitals across the state to provide evidence-based, data-driven quality improvement support and resources to hospitals. Their goal is to have less than five percent early elective delivery rates throughout the entire state of Illinois. To learn more, please visit www.ilpqc.org.