The Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative was recognized by the Blue Foundation for the 2016 Sapphire Award for the Outstanding Organization. The FPQC was selected as winner of this prestigious award out of 112 nominations and 13 finalists from around the state.
The awards, totaling $350,000, honor outstanding individuals, programs and nonprofit organizations in community health care, or health care-related fields, whose work is distinguished by leadership, innovation and achievements in community health. The FPQC was honored for its work for over five years to improve Florida’s maternal and infant health outcomes through the delivery of high quality, evidence-based perinatal care. FPQC initiatives have made a significant different in the lives of mothers and babies across the state.
The FPQC was presented with the top award in the Organization category, along with a donation of $50,000, on April 21 in Orlando, FL.
“The Sapphire Award demonstrates credibility of the reach the FPQC has in the eyes of others,” said Dr. Sappenfield, who co-directs FPQC and directs the Chiles Center. “The award money will go to support current quality initiatives the will help us have an even greater impact on the lives of mothers and infants.”
A video highlighting the work of the FPQC was shown at the awards presentation.
The FPQC thanks its wonderful collaborative partners, including the March of Dimes, the Florida Department of Health; the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists District XII; the Association for Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses; the Florida Hospital Association, the Florida Chapter of the American College of Nurse Midwives, Florida sections of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Society of Neonatologists, the Florida Hospital Association, the Agency for Healthcare Administration, Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, and all of the wonderful volunteers, partners, academic centers, hospitals, and care providers who have been involved in the collaborative. This is a win for all of us!
Florida Blue Foundation is a trade name of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation, Inc. Florida Blue Foundation is committed to its mission – help the people and communities of Florida achieve better health – through strategic grant making to nonprofits that provide services to all 67 Florida counties. For more information about the Foundation, please visit www.floridabluefoundation.com
For more information on the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative, visit FPQC.org