Opioid Use Disorder team helps the most vulnerable


SAVANNAH, TN—February 19, 2021 – In March 2019, Hardin Medical Center (HMC) began working with the Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care (TIPQC) via the Pregnancy Project. TIPQC formed 13 Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) teams and 18 Opioid Exposed Newborn (OEN) teams in Tennessee. Those teams began working together to improve the healthcare and health outcomes of pregnant women and their newborns affected by OUD.

Members of the Hardin Medical Center OUD team include from HMC: Obstetrics nurse manager Jane Anna Cummings, RN; Obstetrics Nurse and Lactation Specialist Michelle Caissie, RN; Chief Nursing Officer Wendy Trickey, RN; Christie Adkins, RN; HMC Infection Control Nurse Chris Lambert, RN; CEO Nicholas Lewis; and Board Chair Jeffrey Woodside, MD. From Lifespan Health, the members are Dr. Gilbert Thayer, Tennessee Health Medicine and Surgery and American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology board-certified physician; Lyndsay Smith, American Academy of Pediatrics board-certified physician; and Malory Berry, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

To continue the momentum, the OUD and OEN Teams have been combined into one team with streamlined data reporting that began on January 1, 2021. According to the statistics, “Every 15 minutes a baby is born with neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome.” Hardin Medical Center will continue the vital work of providing respectful support and encouragement that can make a difference in the lives of pregnant moms and the most vulnerable Tennesseans

TIPQC seeks to improve health outcomes for mothers and infants in Tennessee by engaging key stakeholders in a perinatal quality collaborative that will identify opportunities to optimize maternal and infant outcomes and implement data-driven provider- and community-based performance improvement initiatives. The goals of TIPQC are:
1. Establish a statewide repository of perinatal data for quality improvement (QI) initiatives.
2. Foster statewide quality improvement initiatives to lower infant & maternal mortality and morbidity and improve outcomes.
3. Promote system changes by provider organizations to increase evidence-based clinical practices for newborns, infants, prenatal & postnatal patients & families.
Visit TIPQC.org for more information.
Hardin Medical Center is a not-for-profit healthcare provider whose primary mission is to offer safe, quality, comprehensive healthcare services to the community, always striving for excellence and rendering service with dignity and compassion.
To learn more about HMC, visit www.HardinMedicalCenter.org or call 731-926-8000.

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