Women’s Health Center recognized as one of Kansas’ top five practices in improving health care quality, safety, and value
Women's Health Center staff includes Jennifer Brady (right) and Tiffany Miller.CHANUTE—At the Women’s Health Center, every obstetrical patient is placed into a risk stratification group to help guide their care. A nurse screens all new patients at the first appointment, the physician reviews the screening and patient information, and the case receives a risk level.
“Risk stratification is a best practice, but there are significant challenges to putting it in place,” said Patty Thomsen, the clinic’s Quality Improvement Advisor from Kansas Healthcare Collaborative. “The most significant challenge is formalizing the process and ensuring that the policy and procedure flows for the clinical staff—which is part of the milestone for the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative.”
“That's huge—early identification of at-risk pregnancies is absolutely one of the best things you can do to improve health outcomes now and well into the future. And of course, that usually translates into much few costly complications,” Thomsen said.
That’s where Women’s Health Center’s partnership with KHC is proven critical, said Clinic Manager Jennifer Brady.
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