Childbirth Connection’s Executive Director, Maureen Corry, presented the inaugural Maternity Quality Matters award on April 3, 2009 to Dr. Frank Mazza, Chief Patient Safety Officer and Associate Chief Medical Officer, of Seton Family of Hospitals (Austin, Texas). The luncheon ceremony was held during Childbirth Connection’s 90th anniversary symposium, Transforming Maternity Care: A High Value Proposition, in Washington, DC. Pamela Stahl, Senior Vice President, Women’s Health, at UnitedHealthcare, expressed enthusiasm for the opportunity to sponsor the Maternity Quality Matters award and congratulated Seton Family of Hospitals for its work to improve maternity care quality. Seton was chosen as the winner from a competitive field of 35 applicants from across the country. The award recognizes Seton’s innovative perinatal safety initiative that achieved a dramatic reduction in birth trauma by making continual enhancements to care management and using methods that support evidence-based and consensus-driven maternity care practices. Read more in the press release (PDF). Members of the Symposium Steering Committee served as award judges.
The 2009 Award Program includes a full description of the award-winning program, as well as brief descriptions and contact information for the other award applicant programs.