2 RWJBarnabas Health facilities among 1st in N.J. to launch TeamBirth NJ initiative

Also launched at 2 Virtua facilities

Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center, both RWJBarnabas Health facilities, were recently among three New Jersey hospitals to launch the TeamBirth NJ initiative, a national model for better provider and patient communication, designed to enhance birthing experiences and improve outcomes for people giving birth and their babies.

RWJBarnabas Health leadership marked the launch with kickoff events for both facilities together with the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute and state and local officials including New Jersey first lady Tammy Murphy and New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli.

The initiative, which is being led by the Quality Institute in partnership with Ariadne Labs, also launched at Virtua Voorhees Hospital and Virtua Health’s Midwifery Birth and Wellness Center. The state Department of Health provided funding and is a TeamBirth NJ partner, ensuring that lessons learned through the program will be shared across the state.

“At RWJBarnabas Health, we are committed to ensuring that all families have access to quality, respectful and equitable maternity care. Implementing the TeamBirth model will help ensure families giving birth and the health care teams caring for them are engaging in shared decision making, which is linked to a better patient experience and improved birth outcomes,” Suzanne Spernal, vice president of women’s services, RWJBarnabas Health, said. “Combined, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center deliver nearly 13,000 babies a year and are excited to collaborate with the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, the New Jersey Department of Health and Ariadne Labs to launch the TeamBirth model in New Jersey.”