The West Virginia Perinatal Partnership is pleased to announce the 2016 Hospital Assessments. The first round was in 2007 with 19 of the 27 birthing hospitals participating. The Guidelines for Perinatal Care, 7th Edition by the AAP Committee on Fetus and Newborn and ACOG Committee on Obstetric Practice came out in 2012 with many changes in nomenclature and the levels of care.
This year, all hospitals that provide perinatal care are being asked to voluntarily participate by completing a self-assessment. The West Virginia Perinatal Partnership, as a non-regulatory body representing providers and consumers of perinatal services and the interested public at large, has adopted and recommended a set of guidelines based on national standards of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM for participating institutions in West Virginia.
These guidelines are intended to:
- Adopt the designations of Level I, Level II, Level III and Level IV with the understanding that an institution’s designation reflects the breadth of services and not the quality of care.
- Assist hospitals with achieving nationally recommended guidelines for perinatal care.
- Stimulate institutions to develop educational and quality assurance programs.
- Provide state health planners and funders with information regarding need for services.
- Encourage integrated planning at individual institutions by a consensus of administrators, nurses, medical staff and supporting personnel and services.
- Encourage the development of written policies and procedures that define clinical care provided to all maternity and newborn patients.
- Recognize that the services provided will be commensurate with the individual institution’s mission, the community’s needs, and the medical resources expected by insurers and managed health entities in the service area.
- Encourage institutions to periodically review services.
- Encourage equivalent breadth of obstetrical and neonatal services.
As of 2013, 19 birthing hospitals in West Virginia had participated in the Partnership’s Hospital Self Assessment Process. For a list of participating hospitals and their associated levels of care results, click here.
- Facilities complete and submit self-assessment
- If a level of care designation is desired, a site visit will be scheduled in order to tour the facility, review policy, and meet with administration (including Unit Director(s), CEO, CNO, Chief of OB and Pediatrics).
Every hospital that participates will receive a participation award even if it does not, for confidential reasons, submit a self-assessment worksheet. Participation awards and Certificates of achievement with designated Level of Care will be awarded to each hospital at the annual WV Perinatal Summit. A listing of all participating institutions and level designations will also be posted on this website.
Requests for assistance, questions, comments, or requests for hospital visit by review team may be addressed to Molly McMillion *protected email*. Every hospital that participates will receive a participation award even if it does not, for confidential reasons, submit a self-assessment worksheet. Participation awards and Certificates of achievement with designated Level of Care will be awarded to each hospital at the annual WV Perinatal Summit. A listing of all participating institutions and level designations will also be posted on this website.
Requests for assistance, questions, comments, or requests for hospital visit by review team may be addressed to Molly McMillion ude.m1540256007osvw.1540256007oetso1540256007@noil1540256007limcm1540256007m1540256007 Office: 304.793.6584
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
- Hospital Self-Assesment Forms (.ZIP)
Molly Scarborough McMillion, RN, BSN, IBCLC, CCE, CPST
Special Project Consultant
West Virginia Perinatal Partnership
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