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Franklin (Tenn.) – A unique, wide-ranging group of national and state-level stakeholders met to highlight the statewide progress being made through the Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care (TIPQC) around Tennessee’s infant and maternal concerns.

The Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care (TIPQC) brought together more than 320 physicians, nurses, hospital administrators, insurance companies, families, legislators and community groups on February 29 through March 2 at the Cool Springs Marriott in Franklin. The progress of ongoing initiatives was discussed, and new statewide projects were chosen.
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The 2-½ day program featured sessions on maternal and child health issues, quality improvement projects, and noted national speakers. Elliott Main, MD the Medical Director of California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative addressed various improvement strategies as well as Maternal Mortality issues and the importance of human milk, both for mothers and their babies. Richard McClead, MD from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio addressed Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, and TN House Chairwoman Debra Maggart updated the progress of the Tennessee Infant Mortality Committee. Chris Lehmann, MD from Johns Hopkins and the American Academy of Pediatrics addressed using data and quality improvement. Dr. Steven Clark, Medical Director, Women’s and Children’s Clinical Services, of the Hospital Corporation of America addressed late- and pre-term birth issues.

“This year’s meeting was especially timely. TIPQC members are demonstrating that perinatal health care quality can be improved by working collaboratively at a grass-roots level.”
said Peter Grubb, M.D., medical director of TIPQC.

For more information, please contact Brenda Barker, TIPQC program director, at (615) 343-8536

The Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care, funded by a grant from the State of Tennessee through the Department of Health. Its goal is to engage providers across the perinatal spectrum in statewide, evidence-based and data-driven quality improvement projects. Please visit our website at

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