HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: HCA), one of the nation's leading healthcare providers, and March of Dimes, a leading nonprofit fighting for the health of all moms and babies, announced a unique partnership that focuses on improving maternal mortality and morbidity outcomes through postpartum discharge education and by lowering hospital caesarian rates among low-risk, first-time mothers, head first position or NTSV (Nulliparous, Term, Singleton Vertex) rates.
"For more than 80 years, March of Dimes has been advocating to address the biggest threats facing moms and babies across our country," said Amy Casseri, senior vice president, Provider Relations and Women's Services at HCA Healthcare, who serves on the March of Dimes' National Board of Trustees. "As HCA Healthcare is the largest system for delivering babies in the country, the two organizations are uniquely positioned to continue working together using their combined clinical data, pioneering research and passionate history to improve maternal health outcomes and save lives."
Pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. have more than doubled over the past 25 years, and more women in the U.S. die from pregnancy-related complications than in any other developed country in the world. HCA Healthcare and the March of Dimes identified mission areas that are expected to have the greatest clinical impact on maternal mortality and help reduce that gap, including:
- NTSV Quality Initiatives: As part of the partnership, HCA Healthcare will partner with March of Dimes to improve maternal outcomes by assessing provider cultural influences and valuable practices. Physician vignettes and consumer education materials will be created to educate/bring awareness to maternal mortality and morbidity, as well as postpartum depression.
- Postpartum Education: Additionally, a goal of the partnership is to improve maternal outcomes through postpartum education. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), as many as 40 percent of women do not attend a postpartum visit after giving birth. HCA Healthcare will work with March of Dimes to educate providers and patients via a vignette on postpartum health complications, including high blood pressure, hemorrhage and perinatal depression. The video will discuss the importance of the postpartum follow-up visit and encourage new mothers to schedule their postpartum visit prior to leaving the hospital. Postpartum care is important because new moms are at risk of serious and sometimes life-threatening health complications in the days and weeks after giving birth. Too many new moms experience, or have even died from, health problems that may be prevented by getting postpartum care.
"In the U.S. each day, one woman dies every 12 hours from pregnancy-related causes while tens of thousands of others nearly lose their lives, which is simply unacceptable," said March of Dimes President and CEO Stacey D. Stewart.
"HCA Healthcare is committed to reversing these statistics, and we're proud to work with them to help every mom and baby get the best possible start."
The partnership builds on HCA Healthcare's continued commitment to March of Dimes with an additional contribution of up to $1.7 million to the organization in 2021 and 2022 through direct support, employee or colleague fundraising and matching gifts to raise awareness and address the maternal and infant health crisis.
HCA Healthcare uses data from the more than 215,000 babies it delivers every year to learn and implement new policies and practices to improve pre-natal, natal and post-natal care. This has resulted in HCA Healthcare using standardized protocols for managing hypertension during pregnancy, preventing leg blood clots for C-section patients, decreasing deliveries prior to 39 weeks, and controlling postpartum hemorrhage.