Exciting News from Northern Westchester Hospital!
Northern Westchester Hospital launched the three-year comprehensive patient safety program, MOREOB (Managing Obstetrical Risk Efficiently) in September 2011 and the momentum is building!
Northern Westchester Hospital is in the initial phase of MOREOB Core Team training, “Learning Together”. This phase consists of reading clinical chapters and attending monthly Core Team meetings (scheduled the first Tuesday of each month) where MOREOB timeline action plan and clinical questions are discussed. Northern Westchester is proud to report that these meetings are held with over 80% attendance.

The obstetric team conducts unannounced skills drills (“responding to maternal hemorrhage” and “shoulder dystocia”) with the Obstetric Chief leading when census allows. A direct quote from an LDR nurse, “I used to dread hearing we were going to drill, it was so anxiety producing. Now, I think it is a true learning experience with open dialogue between physicians and nurses, also allows us to practice those high-risk, low volume crisis situations”.

Northern Westchester has a total of 48 participants in the program, 18 of those comprise the “Core Team” and consists of four Obstetrician’s, one Senior Administrator, the Vice President of Quality, Nurse Manager of Quality, Maternal Child Health Director, Labor and Delivery Manager, and Nine LDR Nurses (representatives from both day and night shifts).

Unique Program Enhancements:

  1. The Core Team at Northern Westchester has developed a mobile education area; it has an educational binder with clinical chapter readings (module 1), simulation mannequins and MOREOB information that can be “rolled” into any area during down time by any participant.
  2. They have also created a “buddy system”; a core team member is paired with a participant to give that gentle nudge towards completing module one readings.
  3. Lastly, to keep participants motivated and moving forward, they have incentive cards to local bakeries and coffee shops which are distributed to Core Team members and participants when module one assignments are complete.

The obstetric team at Northern Westchester is looking forward to a full day of skills drills training session scheduled for the end of March.

Rochester General Health System, Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo and Sisters of Charity Hospital have also embarked on this wonderful new journey in patient safety. District II will continue to bring you highlights from each of the participating hospitals as they move forward through the program modules. If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact the District II office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..