Lee Health Wins 2017 John Curran Quality Improvement Award


Lee Health has been awarded the inaugural Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative (FPQC) John Curran Quality Improvement Award for its efforts in decreasing maternal morbidity. In application for this award, Lee Health submitted its quality improvement project titled “Decreasing Maternal Morbidity in a Multi-Hospital System.”

Carol Lawrence, PhD, Lee Health obstetrical administration supervisor, perinatal practice, education, research and lactation, accepted the award at the FPQC Annual Conference in Tampa, April 27-28. The Lee Health Board of Directors recognized the team’s success at the June 1 board meeting. FPQC Director Bill Sappenfield and FPQC Founding Director John Curran were in attendance hand at the celebration to present ribbons to the facilities in recognition of the award.

From left, Chris Jabaay, RN, OB Nursing Director, Health Park Medical Center; John Curran, MD, Founding Director of the FPQC; Nancy travis, RN, Nursing Director, Women’s Care Center, Cape Coral Hospital; and Natasha Saavedra, Supervisor, Labor and Delivery, Gulf Coast Medical Center. Photo provided by Lee Health.

According to the FPQC, the leading causes of maternal morbidity in Florida include obstetric hemorrhage and hypertensive disorders. Lee Health, which has three obstetric delivery hospitals, including one Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Center (RPICC), organized a multidisciplinary team to address this growing health concern. Lee Health defined maternal morbidity as the receipt of four or more blood products and/or intensive care unit (ICU) admission.

“Our team recognized the key components to decrease morbidity specific to obstetric hemorrhage (OHI) and hypertensive disorders (HIP), and we researched evidence-based best practices, implemented trainings and standardized protocols,” Lawrence explains.

The team’s efforts and persistence resulted in favorable measures, including the decreased rate of ICU admissions:
• 0.58% in 2014
• 0.50% in 2015
• 0.40% in 2016

The system’s baseline rate for women receiving four or more transfusions was 0.0030% for July – September 2013 and decreased to 0.0017% post-implementation of new standards and protocols.

“We are very proud to earn this prestigious award and to be recognized for the work we are doing to decrease the risk for maternal morbidity,” Lawrence says. “Our rates of maternal morbidity have decreased but our commitment and work will continue until we reach a rate of zero.”

The John Curran Quality Improvement Award annually recognizes a Florida delivery hospital that has made a measurable and sustained positive change in a major perinatal quality improvement indicator/issue through the implementation of quality improvement activities within the previous three years.

Curran Award cake presented to the Lee Health team on June 1

Hospitals interested in applying for the John Curran Quality Improvement Award should visit FPQC.org ot email FPQC@health.usf.edu for more information.

By Carol Lawrence and Emily Bronson