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(HARRIS, N.Y.)  – Catskill Regional Medical Center is a recipient of the New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative (NYSPQC) Obstetrics Improvement Project’s 2013 Quality Improvement Award.
This award was given in recognition of the hard work and dedication of the Catskill Regional staff that reduced scheduled newborn deliveries without medical indication between 36 and 39 weeks gestation. As a participant in the NYSPQC Obstetrical Improvement Project, Catskill Regional reported zero scheduled deliveries without medical indication during 2013. The best outcomes for newborns are when a delivery occurs after 39 weeks of gestation. “This is the highest level achievement possible for the Improvement Project and we commend the entire Obstetrical team for their exemplary work and commitment to improving outcomes for mothers and babies,” said Laura Northrup, Catskill Regional Medical Center Administrator of Nursing Professional Practice.
The NYSSPQC, an initiative of the New York State Department of Health, aims to provide the best and safest care for women and infants in New York State.  Since September 2010, the Department has been collaborating with the NYS Regional Perinatal Centers (RPCs) to improve and ensure the quality of obstetrical care related to preterm birth. Early in 2012, the project aligned with the New York State Partnership for Patients to expand the NYSPQC from RPCs to all birthing hospitals in New York State. Ninety-seven NYS birthing hospitals are currently participating in the project.
Through the Improvement Project, Catskill Regional has the opportunity to learn from faculty and colleagues; receive individual coaching; gather new knowledge on the subject matter and process improvement; share experiences and collaborate on improvement plans; and create strategies to overcome improvement barriers.
“We congratulate Catskill Regional and recognize the work that they have done to reach the goal of eliminating scheduled deliveries without medical indication. Your efforts to improve maternal and newborn outcomes are recognized and appreciated,” said New York State Acting Commissioner of Health Howard Zucker.
Catskill Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System. To learn more about Catskill Regional Medical Center’s Birthing Unit visit

From L to R: Catskill Regional Medical staff Ann Halloran, RN – Quality; Dr. Gerard Galarneau, Chief Executive Officer; Laura Nothrup, RN, MSN, Administrator of Nursing Professional Practice; Rolland “Boomer” Bojo, Chief Nursing Officer; Joan Rollin, Nurse Educator; Helen Burke, RN, CNM; Antonia Duncan, RN; Laurie Halloran, RN, BSN; Melissa McCann, RN and Jessamyn Becker, RN.