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 Anderson Berry
Ann L Anderson Berry, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics, UNMC
Medical Director, NICU and Newborn Nursery, Nebraska Medicine

Robert Bonebrake
Robert Bonebrake, MD FACOG
Maternal-fetal Medicine
Perinatal Center, Methodist Women’s Hospital

BJW
BJ Wilson, Jr., MD
Medical Director NICU
CHI Saint Elizabeth

L Heinrichs
Leann Heinrichs, MD
Chief of Medical Staff
Thayer County Health Services

Sean

Sean Kenny, MD FACOG

Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Bryan Health

Abby
Abby M. Saunders, LMHP, LADC

Omaha OB/GYN and Associates 
Consumer Advocate

Lisa

Lisa Strasheim, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC

Division Director,
Women’s Health CHI Health

Kathy

Kathy Karsting RN, MPH  

Maternal Child Adolescent Health Program,
Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services 

Debra

Debra Esser, MD 

VP Medical Policy & Quality Medical Director
Nebraska Blue Cross Blue Shield  


Operations Office

Ann
An Anderson Berry, MD, PhD
Medical Director
aandersonberry@npqic.org

Peggy
Peggy Brown, DNP, RN, CPHQ
Program Administrator
pbrown@npqic.org

Robert
Robert Bonebrake, MD
Medical Director

robert.bonebrake@npqic.org

Kamilla
Kamilla Gazieva, MBA, MHS
Web Content & Social Media Specialist
k.gazieva@npqic.org

 

Funding

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

Thank you to our donors

Nebraska Medical Association Copic