Since the state issued its hospital maternal care designation rules last spring, the Texas Perinatal Services team has been busy fielding calls and providing information to hospitals and Regional Advisory Councils around the state. It’s clear there are lots of questions!
To help clarify the rules and survey process, and help hospitals prepare, the Texas Perinatal Services leadership team has been traveling across the state this summer speaking to hospitals and Regional Advisory Councils. In June alone, Perinatal Services Program Manager Carla Rider, DNP, MSN, MBA, RNC-LRN, led in-person workshops for the East Texas Gulf Coast Regional Advisory Council and Lower Rio Grande Valley RAC as well as webinars for four others. Vice President of Operations Brenda Putz was also on the road for presentations to Baylor Scott & White and HCA hospital teams.
“The interest level is high, as is the need for accurate information, and not just clinical information but an understanding of how hospital surveys work in Texas,” said Rider, a former director of women’s and children’s services, with more than two decades of women’s and children’s nursing experience. “Just in the last few weeks, we’ve spoken to hundreds of hospital representatives from East Texas to the Valley. We are finding that, having been the leading survey provider in the state of Texas for 10 years, we are able to translate our knowledge base to guide hospitals in exactly what to expect on these new surveys, the timelines, the criteria, the questions to prepare for and so on.”
Additional presentations are scheduled this month to the Southwest Texas RAC on July 12 and Piney Woods RAC July 19.
And recently, the Texas Department of State Health Services announced several regional maternal care meetings of its own. They include presentations July 13 in El Paso, July 24 in Amarillo, July 26 in Lubbock and August 3 in Temple. You can find more information in our recent blog post.
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