The Colorado Perinatal Care Collaborative recently named the Gunnison Valley
Health Family Birth Center as a Maternal and Infant Care Quality Champion.
Being a part of the collaborative means the Family Birth Center now has
access to the latest data, best practices and innovations related to infant
and maternal care.
For Shonna Gray, Director of the Family Birth Center, the benefits extend
even further than ongoing quality improvement efforts.
“The Colorado Perinatal Care Collaborative not only provides the
gold standard for maternal and infant health, being a part of the collaborative
provides Gunnison Valley Health an incredible opportunity to have input
on the standards for rural hospitals,” Gray said.
The Colorado Perinatal Care Quality Collaborative is a statewide nonprofit
network of hospitals, healthcare facilities, clinicians and public health
professionals that seeks to improve the health of pregnant and postpartum
people, infants and their families through continuous quality improvement.
Working with peers and focusing on best practices and strategies to ensure
that services always meet the gold standard enables Gunnison Valley Health
to attain the best outcomes for the community.
“Every person associated with the health system has a deep commitment
to continuous quality improvement,” said Melinda Sandgren, Director
of Care Management. “Initiatives like this help us to have the best
patient outcomes possible in every situation. This is an opportunity to
ensure that we are always meeting the highest standard of care while simultaneously
raising the bar for rural healthcare.”
For Gray and the Family Birth Center nursing staff, the importance of quality
initiatives is viewed on a much more personal level.
“When you walk through the doors of the Family Birth Center you see
the words ‘Your Community Starts Here’ because the birth of
a child is such a crucial moment for families. The beginning or growth
of a family is an absolutely unforgettable moment for the mother. We are
honored to have the opportunity to help families write their stories and
we want them to know that we take the responsibility seriously,”