(KWH) at (NSUH) has been designated a center of excellence by the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP).
Only 39 hospitals worldwide have received this distinction and NSUH is the sole facility on Long Island to be honored.
To receive the designation, NSUH met requirements demonstrating excellence in obstetric anesthesia care. The criteria analyzed included: anesthesia protocols, preparedness during emergencies for high risk pregnancies, medical team collaboration and mobilization of a back-up system within a designated time frame. Cesarean delivery management and labor practices were also factored into receiving the recognition.
“This is a well-deserved recognition of the care we deliver to our patients,” said Greg T. Palleschi, MD, NSUH’s director of obstetric anesthesiology. “Most importantly, this certificate recognizes the excellence of our entire obstetric team consisting not only of our anesthesia department but also our obstetricians, nurses, and physician assistants as well. The integration and cooperation of these services culminates in the highest level of care and that is what this award recognizes.”
The Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology aims to improve pregnancy-related outcomes of women and neonates through the support of obstetric anesthesiology research, the provision of education to its members, other providers and pregnant women, and the promotion of excellence in clinical anesthetic care.