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Date: Nov. 17, 2016
For more information:
Vallery Brown
OU Medical Center/The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center
Office: (405) 271-7900 X9



The Women’s and Newborn Center at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical CenterWomen's and Newborn Center staff receive award was recently recognized by The Oklahoma Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative (OPQIC) for creating a culture of excellence in perinatal care for Oklahoma mothers and newborns.

The Spotlight Hospital Awards were recently presented at the third annual Summit of the Collaborative in Oklahoma City. Approximately 200 providers of maternal and infant care came together at the event to discuss continued efforts to improve outcomes for Oklahoma mothers and babies and to celebrate success from their ongoing work.

The Children’s Hospital is one of more than 50 birthing hospitals across Oklahoma.

“Receiving the Spotlight Award recognizes that we continue to focus on a culture of patient safety and quality of care,” said Theresa Gibson, director of women’s and newborn services.

Hospitals receiving the Spotlight Hospital Award were recognized for participation and sustained improvement in the areas of early elective deliveries (inducing labor and scheduling cesarean section births before 39 weeks without a medical reason), being prepared for obstetrical emergencies through training, guidelines and hospital resources, education to prevent shaken baby syndrome, modeling and promoting safe sleep practices, and creating an environment that is supportive of best practices in maternity care and breastfeeding.
Gibson said many of these components were already well established, but the staff continues to work, and educate themselves and patients in the spirit of OU Medicine’s mission of leading health care.

“We want to ensure that we have the knowledge, skills and resources to recognize and respond promptly to our patients’ needs,” Gibson said.

The OPQIC launched in 2014 with a mission to provide leadership and engage interested stakeholders in a collaborative effort to improve the health outcomes for Oklahoma women and infants using evidence-based practice guidelines and quality improvement processes. OPQIC works with Oklahoma birthing hospitals and perinatal care providers of all types to improve perinatal care of Oklahoma mothers and newborns by collaborating with partners to identify and remove barriers to providing safe, quality perinatal care.

Partners in OPQIC include: March of Dimes, Oklahoma City-County Health Department, Tulsa Health Department, Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Oklahoma Hospital Association, Oklahoma State Department of Health and County Health Departments, and University of Oklahoma Departments of OB/GYN and Pediatrics.





The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center has 314 inpatient beds and is the only freestanding pediatric hospital in Oklahoma solely dedicated to the treatment of children. Our pediatric staff blends years of specialized pediatric training with education, research and technology to treat conditions ranging from cardiothoracic and oncology-related illnesses to neonatal specialty care and pediatric solid-organ transplants. Our 93-bed neonatal intensive care unit provides the highest level of neonatal care in Oklahoma. The Children’s Heart Center brings cutting-edge research, treatment and surgery to patients with congenital and acquired heart conditions. We have the state’s largest staff of child life specialists to help children and families cope with hospitalization. U.S. News & World Report also ranks Children’s as one of the best urology programs in the country. To learn more, visit and find us on Facebook.