Dr. Scott Sullivan with MUSC, Dr. Judy Burgis with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, and Dr. Tom Hepfer, ACOG District IV Chair, accepted the award on behalf of the state and SCBOI on May 16 in Washington, DC.
An initiative led by South Carolina’s hospitals to improve the health of moms and babies has received national recognition from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). The South Carolina Birth Outcomes Initiative (SCBOI) was awarded ACOG’s Council of District Chairs Service Award which recognizes outstanding activities and collaborative efforts that improve health in an ACOG district.
SCBOI is an effort by SCHA, the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS), March of Dimes, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina and more than 100 stakeholders to improve the health outcomes for newborns and moms throughout the state. Launched in 2011, SCBOI has reduced non-medically early-elective inductions at 37 to 38 weeks gestation by 73 percent while driving the state’s infant mortality rate to an all-time low.
Dr. Rick Foster leads SCHA’s participation in SCBOI and considers this a much-deserved recognition for the state’s hospital and health care community.
“Over the past five years, SCHA and our member hospitals have played a lead role in the South Carolina Birth Outcomes Initiative with many other public and private sector partners. This national recognition by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is a testament to the value and results of our collective efforts to improve birth outcomes for all moms and babies in South Carolina,” said Dr. Foster.
Through SCBOI, the state’s hospitals have worked with SCDHHS to incentivize doctors and providers to enhance the screening of risk factors for pregnant women, reduce pre-term births, achieve “Baby Friendly” designation, and reduce the number of C-sections performed on low-risk, first-time mothers. South Carolina’s hospitals are honored to be a part of this incredible initiative that is quickly becoming a model for other states to improve maternal and newborn health.