06/07/23

OBHG hospital partner first in the nation awarded Center of Excellence designation for Obstetrical Emergency Department

OBHG’s hospital partner, Norman Regional has been accredited by the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ) as a Center of Excellence for its Obstetrical Emergency Department (OBED).

This distinction marks the first time a health system has been surveyed and recognized for obstetrical emergency care by the CIHQ, a hospital accreditation provider.

Accreditation process

To achieve the accreditation, Norman Regional underwent a thorough evaluation of the OB Emergency Department’s processes and procedures by the CIHQ. The survey team assessed critical performance elements and care provided in the OBED, from how patients are triaged and admitted to how they’re monitored and discharged. At the end of the survey, the CIHQ team found that Norman Regional’s OBED met all of the standards for certification and received designation as a Center of Excellence in Emergency Services.

OBHG works with hospitals nationwide, helping them implement OBEDs and providing 24/7 OB/GYN care as part of a comprehensive OB hospitalist program. “This certification validates the importance of the OBED,” said Dr. Kinde Aguilar, Ob Hospitalist Group site director at Norman Regional HealthPlex. “Not only does an OBED provide an extra level of care for patients but it also ensures nurses are practicing within the scope of their practice and private OB partners are supported.”

We congratulate Norman General for the impressive recognition as the first hospital in the nation to receive accreditation by the CIHQ as a Center of Excellence for its OBED. We are proud to work alongside the Norman General labor and delivery team and hospital leadership in providing care to women and babies in the community.

Additional resources

To learn more about the accreditation, click here for details on the hospital’s website.

A news article about the accreditation can be read here.

You can also watch video from the hospital news conference, which includes comments from OBHG’s Dr. Shana Yeager and Dr. Kinde Aguilar.

Click here to learn more about OBEDs

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