November 22, 2021
TriStar Health, as an affiliate of HCA Healthcare, and March of Dimes, a leading nonprofit fighting for the health of all moms and babies, announced a unique partnership that focuses on improving maternal mortality and morbidity outcomes through postpartum discharge education and by lowering hospital caesarian rates among low-risk, first-time mothers, head first position or NTSV (Nulliparous, Term, Singleton Vertex) rates.
“Our hospitals throughout middle Tennessee are driven by creating an environment focused on quality and patient experience,” said Amber Price, VP of Women’s and Children’s Services at HCA Healthcare TriStar Health. “We care for some of the smallest babies in our region through our network of hospitals, and our desire is to be the safest place for women and babies during birth.”
At TriStar Health's family of hospitals, our tiniest patients receive specialized and lifesaving care in our neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) across Middle Tennessee. Our goal is to help babies become healthy and go home as quickly as possible. Our Level III NICU at TriStar Centennial is able to care for babies as young as 22 weeks. Additionally, TriStar Health has the regions only dedicated maternal and neonatal flight program through SkyLife, our medical air transport program.
Pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. have more than doubled over the past 25 years, and more women in the U.S. die from pregnancy-related complications than in any other developed country in the world. HCA Healthcare and the March of Dimes identified mission areas that are expected to have the greatest clinical impact on maternal mortality and help reduce that gap, including:
- NTSV Quality Initiatives: As part of the partnership, HCA Healthcare will partner with March of Dimes to improve maternal outcomes by assessing provider cultural influences and valuable practices. Physician vignettes and consumer education materials will be created to educate/bring awareness to maternal mortality and morbidity, as well as postpartum depression.
- Postpartum Education: Additionally, a goal of the partnership is to improve maternal outcomes through postpartum education. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), as many as 40 percent of women do not attend a postpartum visit after giving birth. HCA Healthcare will work with March of Dimes to educate providers and patients via a vignette on postpartum health complications, including high blood pressure, hemorrhage and perinatal depression. The video will discuss the importance of the postpartum follow-up visit and encourage new mothers to schedule their postpartum visit prior to leaving the hospital. Postpartum care is important because new moms are at risk of serious and sometimes life-threatening health complications in the days and weeks after giving birth. Too many new moms experience, or have even died from, health problems that may be prevented by getting postpartum care.
“In the U.S. each day, one woman dies every 12 hours from pregnancy-related causes while tens of thousands of others nearly lose their lives, which is simply unacceptable,” said March of Dimes President and CEO Stacey D. Stewart. ”HCA Healthcare is committed to reversing these statistics, and we’re proud to work with them to help every mom and baby get the best possible start.”
TriStar Health hospitals throughout Middle Tennessee are strong supporters of local March of Dimes events, including their annual March for Babies. In addition, leaders from the Women’s and Children’s hospital serve on the local March of Dimes board and are active in creating workable solutions to improve maternal care throughout Tennessee.
TriStar Health is part of HCA Healthcare that uses data from the more than 215,000 babies it delivers every year to learn and implement new policies and practices to improve pre-natal, natal and post-natal care. This has resulted in using standardized protocols for managing hypertension during pregnancy, preventing leg blood clots for C-section patients, decreasing deliveries prior to 39 weeks, and controlling postpartum hemorrhage.