CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center - Longview Investing in Education and Training to Reduce Maternal Deaths March 08, 2019

Longview, Texas, March 8, 2019 – CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center - Longview joins more than 200 Texas hospitals to reduce pregnancy-related deaths and complications through the TexasAIM program. Hospitals statewide are coming together to reduce the number of deaths due to obstetric hemorrhage, one of the most common causes of death and injury in the days immediately after pregnancy.

TexasAIM is sponsored by the Texas Department of State Health Services, the state’s public health agency, in collaboration with the Texas Hospital Association and the Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health. It seeks to reduce maternal deaths and complications from specific causes by arming hospitals and medical personnel with sets of practices and tools, called maternal safety bundles, that have been shown to make patients safer. The obstetric hemorrhage bundle will help hospitals standardize how they assess women for the risk of hemorrhage, monitor for excessive blood loss and respond in emergency situations.

"Obstetric hemorrhage is one of the leading causes of maternal death, so it is crucial 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, MSN, MBA, BSN, Administrative Director, Women and Children’s Services, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System. “By taking an active role in TexasAIM, we are ensuring that we have the practices, procedures and tools in place to provide lifesaving care for our patients.”

In the next phases of TexasAIM, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center - Longview and other participating hospitals will implement bundles on caring for women with opioid use disorder and treating severe high blood pressure during pregnancy, two other significant causes of maternal death in Texas.

“Too many women and families are affected by pregnancy complications,” explained DSHS Commissioner Dr. John Hellerstedt. “We know most pregnancy-related deaths are preventable, and this kind of collaboration between health care providers and public health gives us the best opportunity to save mothers’ lives.”

“CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System is dedicated to providing our patients with the very highest levels of maternal care,” said Mark Anderson, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System. “By taking part in TexasAIM we demonstrate our commitment to serving this community by giving our providers, nurses and Associates the resources and training to better serve the patients who rely on us.”

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CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System includes: CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center – Longview (425-bed count); CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center – Marshall (149-bed count); freestanding Emergency Departments, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd NorthPark and CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Emergency Center – Kilgore; medically integrated wellness centers, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Institute for Healthy Living and CHRISTUS Good Shepherd LifeCenter; and CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic. CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic is the area's preferred multi-specialty medical group, with more than 650 Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers representing 41 specialties in 82 locations serving Northeast Texas across 41 counties. For more information on services available through CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System, visit christusgoodshepherd.org.