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NJHA receives $1M government grant to improve childbirth care

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Aline Holmes, senior vice president of clinical affairs at NJHA.
Aline Holmes, senior vice president of clinical affairs at NJHA. - ()

The New Jersey Hospital Association has been awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention for its NJ Perinatal Quality Collaborative, which works to improve perinatal care across hospitals in the state.

The PQC is one of 13 state organizations to each receive the grant. The specific efforts to be addressed using the grant money are:

  • Reducing preterm births.
  • Reducing severe pregnancy complications associated with high blood pressure and hemorrhage.
  • Improving identification of and care for infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome.
  • Reducing racial/ethnic and geographic disparities.
  • Reducing cesarean births among low-risk pregnant women.

The NJ PQC has already worked to cut the early-elective delivery rate in the state nearly in half, and birthing hospitals around the state reduced adverse obstetric events by 34 percent, saving the state more than $34 million from 2012 to 2016 as part of the Partnership for Patients initiative, according to a press release.

“We want every baby to get the best start possible in New Jersey,” Aline Holmes, senior vice president of clinical affairs at NJHA, said in a written statement. “This funding will help us provide evidence-based care for all mothers, babies and families.”

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