The Nebraska Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative (NPQIC) was formed by a group of statewide stakeholders in February 2015 with the intent of improving the quality of care in Nebraska for mothers and babies. Volunteer medical directors and a program administrator were selected, and a board of directors was established. Initial start-up funding was obtained through the Nebraska Chapter of the March of Dimes, the Nebraska Medical Association, and COPIC. State funding was appropriated through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). First year activities included recruitment of birthing hospitals, our first annual conference, development of a website and monthly newsletters.

Improvement efforts intensified in 2016 with two major focuses: management of neonatal jaundice and hospital breastfeeding practices for normal newborns and those requiring neonatal intensive care. Comparative data, provider identification of opportunities and gaps in practice from what is generally recognized evidence-based practice drive identification of improvement initiatives.

In 2017, Facebook was used to empower consumers through education on our various improvement initiatives, and all Nebraska birthing hospitals were participating in the collaborative and received quarterly consultation via web meetings.These additional activities were possible due to the mid-year addition of collaborative staff. The engagement of stakeholders and communication continued to be emphasized. Initial success was achieved with more hospitals adopting practices to improve breastfeeding practices and to improve management of neonatal jaundice.

In 2018, NPQIC continues to respond to the needs of the Nebraska perinatal community with continued improvement and educational initiatives.

Mission Statement

NPQIC seeks to improve the delivery of and access to evidence-based health care for all Nebraska mothers and newborns.

  • We will engage all stakeholders statewide.
  • We will identify opportunities to optimize measurable perinatal outcomes and implement initiatives for a sustained improvement.
  • We will reduce the impact of premature birth statewide.
  • We will be good stewards of the financial resources committed to the work of the organization and will allocate our resources across the entire state of Nebraska to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Board of Directors

Ann L Anderson Berry, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Pediatrics, UNMC
Medical Director, NICU and Newborn Nursery, Nebraska Medicine

Robert Bonebrake, MD FACOG

Maternal-fetal Medicine
Perinatal Center, Methodist Women’s Hospital

Deb Esser MD, MMM, FAAFP

VP Medical Policy and Quality Medical Director
BCBS of Nebraska

Kathy Karsting, RN, MPH

Program Manager, Maternal Child Adolescent Health
NE DHHS Division of Public Health

Sean Kenny, MD FACOG

Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Bryan Health

Sue Korth, BSN, MPH, PhD

VP and COO
Methodist Women’s Hospital

Steve Lazoritz, MD

Medical Director
WellCare of Nebraska

Dale Mahlman

Executive Vice President
Nebraska Medical Association

Leann Heinrichs, MD

Chief of Medical Staff
Thayer County Health Services

John W. Sparks, MD

Chair Department of Pediatrics,
Carol Remmer Angle, MD, Presidential Chair of Pediatrics, and Associate Dean for Pediatric Affairs

Lisa Strasheim, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC

Division Director- Women’s Health
CHI Health

Lisa White, MD

Medical Director: Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care, Nebraska Department of Health & Human Resources

BJ Wilson, Jr., MD

Medical Director NICU
CHI Saint Elizabeth

Tom Williams, MD

Chief Medical Officer & Director of the Division of Public Health,
Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services

Abby M. Saunders, LMHP, LADC

Mental Health Therapist 
Omaha OB/GYN and Associates 
Consumer Advocate

Operations Office



The majority of funding for NPQIC is provided by the Nebraska State Department of Health and Human Services.

Thank you to our donors

March of Dimes Nebraska Medical Association Nebraska Medicine

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