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Release Date: 11/14/2014

The Hospital Association of Rhode Island (HARI) has selected James O'Brien, MD, as the recipient of the Edward J. Quinlan Award for Patient Safety Excellence honoring a hospital team or unit that has implemented an innovative initiative resulting in measurable improvement in quality and patient safety. Dr. O'Brien, director of inpatient obstetrics at Women & Infants Hospital and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, accepted the award on behalf of his team for their work on "Elimination of Elective Delivery at Less than 39 Weeks Gestation" at the 25th Annual Celebration of Excellence in Hospital Care on November 6th.

Dr. O'Brien's project to eliminate elective delivery at or before 39 weeks began late in 2008. "We realized that the existing guideline for elective delivery was poorly enforced and was dependent on inconsistent information," said Dr. O'Brien. The department's project resulted in an elimination of elective deliveries before 39 weeks gestation with a four-tiered "hard stop" process.

The process for cesarean section involves several reviews of dating information and physician consultation. Each review is a multidisciplinary effort with consultation information review by personnel and by members of the ambulatory surgery and perioperative teams. The process also plans deliveries appropriately for those who must deliver early due to a specific medical condition. This initiative has become a model locally in the Care New England system now in place at Kent Hospital and Memorial Hospital.

Each year, HARI recognizes member hospital employees for their exemplary dedication and performance in health care.

About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 12th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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