Safe Deliveries Colorado

Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) partnered with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Colorado, the March of Dimes Colorado/Wyoming Chapter and the Colorado Perinatal Care Quality Collaborative to create the Safe Deliveries Colorado collaborative. This two-year initiative aimed to achieve the following goals:

  • Reduce low-birthweight deliveries to no more than 8 percent of live births
  • Reduce preterm births to no more than 9.6 percent of live births

Nineteen Colorado hospitals participated in the collaborative, along with OB and family practice health care providers from across the state. CHA provided education, quality improvement resources and data analytics to support the providers and hospitals in this important work. Hospitals had the opportunity to network with each other and share best practices as well as learn about best practices from national and local leaders.

Preterm birth is currently the most significant challenge to maternal-child health in the United States. It complicates one in nine deliveries and accounts for more than 85 percent of all infant mortality. Infants who are born preterm are at greater risk of dying in their first year of life. Of those who survive, there is an increased risk of repeated hospital admissions and adverse outcomes, including cerebral palsy and long-term disability, creating a lifetime of challenges for the infants affected and difficulties for families and communities.

Click here for the news release. For more information, please contact the patient safety department.

Event Materials

Safe Deliveries Colorado Conference – September 2017

  • CHA hosted this day-long seminar Safe Deliveries: Improving Pregnancy Outcomes on September 18, 2017. The conference featured Jay Iams, MD, Kaylin Klie, MD, MA, Lorna Moore, PhD and Stephanie Teal, MD, MP.
    Conference presentations can be found here.

Safe Deliveries Colorado Conference – March 2017

  • The Colorado Hospital Association hosted this conference, which featured Ronald Gibbs, MD, Helen Feltovich, MD, Cheryl Larry-Osman, RN, MS, CNM, K Joseph Hurt, MD, PhD, M. Camille Hoffman, MD, MSCS and Kent Heyborne, MD.
    Conference materials can be found here.

Safe Deliveries Colorado Webinar – May 2016

Safe Deliveries Colorado Conference – April 2016

  • CHA hosted the Safe Deliveries Conference, Reducing the Risk of Preterm Births, on April 9, 2016. The conference was generously supported by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation.
  • More than 75 physicians, nurse midwives and nurses attended the day-long event. Keynote speaker was Dr. Catherine Spong, Acting Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) part of National Institutes for Health, who gave presentations about the science of preterm birth and the evidence behind preterm labor assessment. Other speakers included Dr. Tom Garite, who spoke about use of prenatal progesterone for women with previous spontaneous singleton preterm birth, and Dr. Stephanie Teal, who presented on the use of long-acting reversible contraception to reduce teen births.
  • View the conference presentations here.

Safe Deliveries Colorado Webinar – March 2016

Participating Hospitals

  • Avista Adventist Hospital
  • Good Samaritan Medical Center
  • Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center
  • Littleton Adventist Hospital
  • Longmont United Hospital
  • Lutheran Medical Center
  • Platte Valley Medical Center
  • Rose Medical Center
  • Saint Anthony North Health Campus
  • Saint Joseph Hospital
  • San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center
  • St. Francis Medical Center
  • St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center
  • St. Thomas More Hospital
  • The Medical Center of the Aurora
  • University of Colorado Hospital 
  • Valley View Hospital 
  •  Wray Community District Hospital
  • Yampa Valley Medical Center