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

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

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


Sean Kenny, MD FACOG

Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Bryan Health

Abby M. Saunders, LMHP, LADC

Omaha OB/GYN and Associates 
Consumer Advocate


Lisa Strasheim, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC

Division Director,
Women’s Health CHI Health


Kathy Karsting RN, MPH  

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


Debra Esser, MD 

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

Operations Office

An Anderson Berry, MD, PhD
Medical Director

Peggy Brown, DNP, RN, CPHQ
Program Administrator

Robert Bonebrake, MD
Medical Director

Kamilla Gazieva, MBA, MHS
Web Content & Social Media Specialist



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

Thank you to our donors

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