Longview, TX – Expectant mothers across Northeast Texas can rest easy knowing they will receive high-quality, faith-based care at CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center - Longview which has been accredited as Longview’s first Level III (Subspecialty Care) Maternal Facility by the Texas Department of State Health Services. This 3-year designation acts as official recognition of the facility's commitment to meeting the requirements of national and state standards for Level III Maternal Care.
According to the Department of State Health and Human Services (DSHS), CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center - Longview meets the standards of care relating to the treatment of pregnant and postpartum patients in Texas, actively advocates for maternal system development and works to improve the availability and quality of maternal care as an active member of the Piney Woods Regional Advisory Council and Perinatal Care Region-G of East Texas.
CHRISTUS Good Shepherd is also a member of the TexasAIM Plus program. Texas AIM is a program sponsored by DSHS and stands for the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health. This program partners with the Texas Hospital Association to decrease preventable maternal mortality and morbidity across the state of Texas. As a TexasAIM Plus member, the organization is abreast of cutting-edge resources and education to improve maternal outcomes.
"We are very proud of the work we do at CHRISTUS Good Shepherd to meet the criteria for maternal safety set forth by Texas AIM along with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and our effort is reflected in the achievement of the Level III Maternal Designation. We are delighted to care for the women and infants of East Texas at a higher standard," said Kristen Innes, MD, Maternal Medical Director.
In 2015 the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 3433 which required hospitals with delivery services to meet stringent regulations and to apply for State designation as Level I, II, III or IV Maternal Level of Care. The State regulations were designed to mirror national guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and ACOG.
In order to be designated as a Level III facility, a hospital must meet a strict code of 28 multi-part requirements ranging from available critical care physicians, a nursing/midwife program, educational guidelines and training, and much more. A Level III Designation assures a facility’s ability to provide care for a wide range of complex obstetrical conditions. To do this, an organization must offer medical and maternal subspecialists, and behavioral health specialists.
Over the past 5 years, the Women’s Services team has been preparing for this designation, including opening an Obstetric Emergency Departments, to ensure that CHRISTUS Good Shepherd remains a leader in maternal care across East Texas. CHRISTUS Good Shepherd - Longview is home to the first 24-hour Obstetric Emergency Department in Longview. The OB Emergency Department is staffed by an in-house Board-Certified Obstetrician. This service assures women facing unexpected concerns during pregnancy and post-delivery are treated with specialized care in a prompt manner.
“It is important that our caregivers are prepared to treat women who may be at risk or respond effectively when needed in an emergency situation,” said Metosha Brantley, MBA, MSN, RN, Maternal Program Manager, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd - Longview. “Our clinical teams and physician partners are dedicated to providing our patients with the very highest levels of maternal care, and we work each day to deliver healthy babies and provide high-quality care. Our goal is to reduce the high rates of maternal mortality and morbidity for Northeast Texas mothers before and after delivery.”
The CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Women’s Services Team is composed of a range of specialized clinicians all working together to provide the highest level of care for patients. The Team includes Board Certified Obstetricians, Certified Nurse Midwives, Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist (Perinatology), dedicated anesthesia providers, specialty trained registered nurses, certified lactation consultants (Texas Ten Step accredited program), certified surgical technicians, patient care technicians, dietitians, perinatal nurse educator, social workers, case managers, chaplains and other specialists who collaborate care with families to create a continuum of care for high risk maternity patients.
The hospital’s Women’s & Children’s Services Department was recently visited by state officials for an extensive two-day, on-site survey which took an in-depth look at the program’s policies, procedures and quality-improvement programs. “CHRISTUS Good Shepherd - Longview is commended for its ongoing commitment to ensure quality care is available for maternal patients in its area,” John Hellerstedt, M.D., Commissioner, Texas DSHS said in a letter to ministry leaders. “Congratulations on this impressive accomplishment. We also want to thank you and your staff for the leadership role you have assumed in the development of our state maternal system.”