Mendocino Coast District Hospital has won a patient safety award after its obstetrics team of three physicians and 10 nurses successfully completed a total of 1,500 hours of training in fetal monitoring.
“Electronic fetal heart rate monitoring is commonly used to assess fetal well-being during labor,” said Nurse Manager Kitty Bruning. “It’s critical that our doctors and nurses understand how to properly monitor patients and interpret readings because it affects how we manage their care during labor and delivery.”
The training was developed by the BETA Healthcare Group, the hospital’s liability insurance carrier, to reduce errors at California hospitals to zero.
Besides the benefit to patients, the Tier 1 Quest for Zero Award means a 5% discount in the hospital’s insurance premiums, an estimated annual savings of more than $10,000. The discount goes to 9% for completing additional tiers of training.
“I’m very proud of what our obstetrics team has accomplished,” said MCDH CEO Raymond Hino. “This is one more example of how our hospital is meeting and exceeding state and national healthcare standards.”
Completing the training were: Eric Gutnick, M.D., Brent Wright, M.D., Nancy Reynolds, M.D., Amy McColley, RN, Charge Nurse of OB, Gail Boucher-Paoli, RN, Stephanie Thompson, RN, Kim Duryee, RN, Amy Wyker, RN, Dagny Hafker, RN, Marlena Baxter RN, Brenda Loudon RN, Yasmine Martin RN and Ann Helsel, RN.
Mendocino Coast District Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital offering a wide range of services including 24-hour emergency care, a wellness center, minimally-invasive orthopedic surgery, laboratory, rehabilitation and primary care services. For more information, visit www.MCDH.org.