West Virginia Perinatal Partnership - 2008
a project of the
West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition
and
West Virginia Community Voices
funded by the
 
Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

 

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ABOUT US

PARTNERS

The West Virginia Perinatal Partnership - 2008 is a project of the WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition and WV Community Voices, funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

Our partners include: 

American Academy of Pediatrics West Virginia Chapter
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology West Virginia Section
Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), West Virginia Section
Bureau for Medical Services, West Virginia DHHR
Charleston Area Medical Center Women and Children's Hospital
March of Dimes- West Virginia Chapter
Marshall University Medical School
Office of Epidemiology and Health Promotion – West Virginia DHHR
Office of Maternal Child and Family Health WV DHHR
Partnership of African American Churches
Thomas Hospital
Wellness Council of West Virginia
West Virginia Chapter of the American College of Nurse-Midwifery
West Virginia Children’s Health Insurance Program
West Virginia Council of Churches
West Virginia Health Care Authority
West Virginia Hospital Association
West Virginia Kids Count
West Virginia Primary Care Association
West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
West Virginia State Medical Association
West Virginia University National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health
West Virginia University School of Medicine
Women Infant and Children (WIC) Food and Nutrition Program – West Virginia DHHR
WVU Institute for Health Policy Research

COMMITTEES

Central Advisory Council

  
 
 
 
 
 

 

Central Advisory Council 
The Central Advisory Council Will Work to Establish the Statewide Perinatal System
 

Purpose:  To establish a statewide advisory that will be on going and will provide expert advice and direction for implementing the key policy recommendations of the Blueprint to Improve WV Perinatal Health - 2006.

a.       Develop a statewide system and implement perinatal standards of care based on national advisory groups such as the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

b.       Establish a statewide medical consultation system for high risk pregnant. women and infants including a coordinated referral and transport systems.

c.       Establish methods to better utilize tele- communications for medical consultation and training.

d.       Develop and implement a universal risk screening tool for pregnant women.

e.       Study the adequacy of the number of neonatal intensive care beds in West Virginia and make recommendations to the WV Health Care Authority. 

Staff:  Ann Dacey, RN; Chair - Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)

Chair:  Robert C. Nerhood, MD, Professor and Director of Maternal/Fetal Medicine, Women and Children's Hospital, Charleston, WV

Members:

Luis Bracero, MD, Professor and Director of Maternal/Fetal Medicine, Women and Children’s Hospital, Charleston, WV

Sonia Chambers, Chairwoman, WV Health Care Authority, Charleston, WV

Ted Cheatham, Director, PEIA, Charleston, WV

Brenda Dawley, MD, Vice-Chair, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists -- WV Chapter, Huntington, WV Renee Domanico, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Marshall University, Huntington, WV

Julia Ellison, DO, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Janet Graeber, MD; Associate Professor and Director of Neonatology; Department of Pediatrics; West Virginia University School of Medicine; Morgantown, WV

Fernando Indacochea, M. D., Chair, American Academy of Pediatrics – West Virginia Chapter; Petersburg, WV 

C.H. Mitch Jacques, M.D., Ph.D. Dean, Associate Vice President for Health Sciences, WVU Eastern Division, Martinsburg, WV 

Stefan Maxwell, MD, MFM, CAMC, Women and Children’s Hospital, Charleston. WV

Marsha Morris, RN, Esq., Commissioner, WVDHHR, Office of Medical Services, Charleston, WV

Pat Moore Moss, MSW, Office Director, Maternal, Child, and Family Health, WV DHHR, Charleston

Angelita Nixon, CNM; Chair: American College of Nurse Midwives - West Virginia Section, Scott Depot, WV

Sam Roberts, MD; Board Member and representing the West Virginia chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians (WV AAFP), Rural Family Practice, Elkins, WV

Michael Stitely, MD, OB-Gyn, WVU School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV

Joe Werthammer, MD; Professor and Chair; Department of Pediatrics, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine; Huntington, WV

Nancy J. Tolliver, RN, MSIR, Director, WV Perinatal Partnership  tolliver2@verizon.net

Ann Dacey, RN, Nurse Coordinator, WV Perinatal Partnership  atdacey@hsc.wvu.edu

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Central Advisory Council – Standards of Care Subcommittee 

Standards of Care Committees

Purpose:  Develop a statewide system and implement perinatal standards of care based on national advisory groups such as the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Academy of Pediatrics.  

Staff; Ann Dacey, RN, Obstetric Nurse and AWHONN Chair

Establish subcommittees to recommend written standards of care for Obstetric and Neonatal Care:    

1. Obstetric Care Committee

Members:

Luis Bracero, MD, Committee Chair; CAMC Women and Children’s
Michael Stitely, MD, WVU Perinatologist
Peggy Knight, CNM; Elkins
David Baltierra, MD, WVU SOM, Eastern Division   
Marlene Merkel, OB Nurse Manager, WVU Hospitals, Morgantown
Kat Ambler, CNM, CAMC Women and Children’s
Kathy Quillen, OB Nurse Manager Cabell Huntington Hospital
Nancy Burke, Director of Women’s services, Wheeling Hospital
Stephen Bush, Chair of Obgyn at CAMC
Robert Nerhood, MD Chair of Obgyn at Marshall
Brenda Dawley, OB/GYN and Chair elect of WV ACOG
Imes, Kathy, OB Nurse Manager,
Sarah Whittington, OB Nurse Manager, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Buckhannon
Fran O’Brien, OB Nurse Manager, Greenbrier Valley Medical Center

Committee Work:

Hospital Standards
Consultation and Referral Guidelines
Transport Standards and guidelines

2. Neonatal Care Committee 

Members:

Janet Graeber,  MD; Committee Chair; WVU Hospitals, Morgantown
Lori Blackburn, RN; Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington
Renee Domanico, MD; Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington
Teresa Frazer, MD;  Bluefield Regional Medical Center, Bluefield
Nancy Marcus, RN; CAMC Women and Children’s
Stefan Maxwell, MD; CAMC Women and Children’s
Judi Polak, RN; WVU Hospitals, Morgantown
Babs Nightengale, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Mother Baby Unit, WVU Children’s Hospital
Judy Romano, MD, Wheeling Pediatrician
Traci Daugherty, Clinical Coordinator - Nursery WVUH East City Hospital
Debbie Menders, Neonatal Transport Nurse, CAMC
Maureen Kenny-Palmera, Nurse Manager, NICU, WVU Hospitals

Committee Work:

Hospital Standards
Consultation and Referral Guidelines
Transport Standards and guidelines

Guidelines for each standard committee

1.       Research, identify, and approve standards and guidelines 
2.       Post standards on web for statewide comment, 
3.       Establish due date for comments on standards 
4.      
Finalize standards and make ready for printing
5.       Develop Plan for dissemination of standards statewide
6.      
Recommend components of a statewide medical consultation system for high risk pregnant women and infants including a coordinated referral and transport systems.
7.       Develop initial plan for institutionalizing recommendations into state government.

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Central Advisory Council – Consultation, Transport, and Referral Subcommittee

Purpose:  Using standards established by the standards committee, establish a statewide medical consultation system for high risk pregnant women and infants including a coordinated referral and transport systems.

Staff Ann Dacey, RN, Chair AWHONN

Members:

Renee Domanico, MD, Committee Chair
Judi Polak, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, WVU Children’s Hospital
Brenda Daugherty, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, WVU Children’s Hospital
Linda Gillett, CNM, Shenandoah Maternity Center
Penny Byrneside, Trauma Systems Administrator
William Ramsey, State EMS Medical Director
Maternal Transport Nurse Cabell Huntington Hospital
Debbie Menders, Neonatal Transport Nurse, CAMC
Debbie Holmes, Maternal Transport Nurse Cabell Huntington Hospital

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Central Advisory Council – Telecommunications Subcommittee

Purpose:  Establish a committee to research methods to better utilize telecommunications for medical consultation and training and make recommendations

Staff:  Ann Dacey, RN, Chair AWHONN

Members:

Stephen Bush, Committee Chair, OB/GYN CAMC
L. Clark Hansberger, MD, Associate Vice President for Health Sciences, WVU-
Sam Roberts, MD, Elkins, Board Member WV AAFP, Rural Family Practice,
Brian Young, CAMC WVUPC
Chris Budig, Director, MDTV, WVU School of Medicine
Doug Young, CAMC, Lead Technician, Media Network Specialist, CAMC
Arnold Hassen, PhD, Chief Technology Officer, WVSOM
Patricia Lally, DO, Pediatrician, WVSOM
Lori Goforth, CNM, Shenandoah Community Health Center
Luis Bracero, MD, Director Perinatology, WVU Charleston

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Central Advisory Council – Universal Risk Screening and Data Subcommittee

Purpose:  To implement a universal risk screening tool for pregnant women. Review and recommend methods of enhancing data collection relevant to maternal and infant health. Data analysis is vital to making informed decisions about resource allocation and targeting interventions to populations at highest risk for poor birth outcomes.

Staff:  Ann Dacey, RN and Chair AWHONN

Members:

Pat Moss, MSW, Committee Chair; Office Director, Office of Maternal, Child, and Family Health, WVDHHR
Allan Chamberlain, MD
Pat Moore (for Dr. Bonasso)
Brenda Dawley
Shelden Martin, Medical Director
Ted Cheatham, Director, PEIA
Patty Perdue, Partners in Community Outreach
Liz Cohen, MSW,
Department of OB/GYN, West Virginia University School of Medicine; Morgantown, WV
Mark Polak, MD, Neonatologist, WVU Children's Hospital
Pam Jones, Blue Cross-Blue Shield
John Hahn, MD
Sarita Bennett, DO
Robert Pulliam, MD
Angel Rosas, MD, Access Health

Jeannie Clark, RN, Director, State – Right From The Start Program
Angie Whitley, Representative - Partners in Community Outreach
Beverly Kitchen, RN, Regional Coordinator, RFTS Region
III
Penny Womeldorff , MSW,  Project Director, WV Healthy Start-HAPI Program, Morgantown
Elizabeth Cohen, MSW, University Health Associates- Dept. of OB-Gyn, Morgantown
Dan Christy, Director, Health Statistics, WVDHHR

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Committee on Shortage of Maternity Care Providers

Purpose:  Identify obstetrical shortage areas in the State and implement plans to reduce the shortages:  a. Identify and apply a method to define the obstetrical shortage areas in the State.  b. Identify obstetrical providers in shortage areas who may benefit from coverage under the Federal Tort Claims Act and assist in arranging collaborations with entities with this coverage.  c. Establish a program similar to the WV Local Availability Project that would provide financial support to community nurses desiring to become certified nurse-midwives.

Outcomes/Products:

1.  Written report describing work and progress made in the following areas:
        a.  A methodology applied to define the obstetrical shortage areas in the State and identification of shortage areas.
        b.  Progress made toward identifying OB providers that may benefit from medical liability coverage under the Federal Tort Claims Act, and progress toward linking those providers with entities with this coverage.

2.  Written report with recommendations describing the development, administration, and funding needed for a program similar to LAP.  September 1, 2007.

3.   Written report of the study findings on hospital credentialing privileges for CNMs , and a suggested model or best practices.  This report will also include recommendations on educating hospital personnel about this topic. September 15, 2020.  

Staff:  Angelita Nixon, CNM , WV ACNM – Chair
          Cinny Kittle, MS, WV Hospital Association
          Terri Blizotes, RN, MPH, WV Primary Care Association

Members:

Melissa Wheeler, Director, Division of Recruitment, DHHR
Martha Endres, Division of Recruitment, Special Projects Coordinator, DHHR
Alicia Tyler, HEPC
Duane F. Napier, MSN, RN, BC, WV Center for Nursing
Emma White,  RN, Spencer, WV
Dottie Oakes, RN, MSN, CNA - Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive, WVU Hospitals, Inc

Advisor:

Jennings Starcher, Data Mapper, WV Health Care Authority

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Committee on Oral Health Care in Pregnancy

Purpose:  To address the Lack of Oral Health Care in Pregnancy: a. Increase the percentage of Medicaid covered women, 18 years of age and younger, who seek and receive dental care during pregnancy.  b. Encourage insurers to offer incentives to covered pregnant women who seek and receive dental care during pregnancy.

Staff:    Bobbi Jo Muto, Renate Pore, PhD

Members:

Gina Sharps, Committee Chair, Morgantown
Jeannie Clark, RN, RFTS – Director,
Charleston
Paula Darby, RN , RFTS Region VII
Phil Edwards, MS, MCFH, Charleston
Ellen G. Kirby, RN, RFTS Region VIII 
Barbara Lott, RN, RFTS Region V
Richard Meckstroth,
DDS, WVU-SOD, Morgantown
Dee Messinger, RN, RFTS  Region II
Michelle Trauz, RN, RFTS Region VI
Barbara Vessely, Clerk, RFTS Region II
Susan Walter, Martingsburg
Debbie Withrow, RN, MIHOW, Fayette County
Andrea Kelly, DDS, Dental Director, Valley Health Systems, Westmoreland, WV
Lisa Dunn, DDS, Director of Dental Health Programs, WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Division
Allan Chamberlain, MD, OB/GYN Huntington
Amy Leedy, Oral Health Coordinator, Huntington

Advisor:

Mary Bee Antholz, Health Care Authority Data   

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Committee on the Economic Impact of Poor Outcomes
 

Purpose:  To Identify Costly Medical Procedures Associated With Poor Birth Outcomes:  a. Study the rate and cost of elective labor induction among primiparous women and subsequent c-section deliveries, and with subsequent transfer of infant. b.  Identify other costly medical procedures to be studied in subsequent years.  c.  Study the cost of NICU beds, especially in relationship to treatment of infants compromised with drugs.

Staff: Nancy Tolliver, RN, MSIR
         Calvin Kent, PhD,
Vice President - Center for Business and Economic Research, Marshall University
        
Kent Sowards, PhD, Director, Data and Survey Services, Center for Business and Economic Research, Marshall University

 

Members:

Robert Nerhood, MD,  Chair, Dept. of OB-Gyn, Marshall University, Huntington
Janet Graeber, MD,
Associate Professor and Director of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, WVU SOM, Morgantown
Stefan Maxwell, MD, Chief of Pediatrics and Director of Neonatal Intensive Care Services, CAMC - Women and Children’s Hospital, Charleston
Sandy Young, RN, Nurse Director, Women and Children’s Services, Thomas Hospital, Charleston
Ann Dacey, RN, WVU School of Medicine, Morgantown
Kat Ambler, CNM, CAMC, Women's and Children's Hospital, Charleston
David Chafin, MD, Professor and Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Dept of OB/GYN, MU, Huntington

Advisors:

John Eckhart, Health Care Data Analyst; WV Health Care Authority
Robin Ryder, Health Care Data Analyst; WV Health Care Authority
Linda Sovine, MPH, FACHE, Director of Data Analysis, WV Health Care Authority
Jennings Starcher, Health Care Data Analyst; WV Health Care Authority

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Committee on Drug Use During Pregnancy

Purpose:  Develop an Approach to Identifying and Drug Use During Pregnancy and Referring for Treatment:  (Completion of this work will be partially dependant upon receipt of additional funding)  a.  Conduct medical-legal studies to identify issues regarding drug testing during pregnancy.  b. Develop recommended medical-legal guidelines regarding early pregnancy testing for drug use, and for recommended treatment approaches. c.   Establish an education program for obstetrical providers implementing the guidelines, to be implemented in 2008. d. Establish a follow-up process to identify problems and solutions to implementing the guidelines.

Staff:

Nancy Tolliver, RN, MSIR
Michele Grinberg, Attorney

Members:

Stefan Maxwell, MD, CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital
Luis Bracero, MD- CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital
Shelda Martin, MD (PEIA Medical Director)
Sandy Young, RNC, MS; Nursing Director of Women and Children’s Services, Thomas Hospital
Michele Stitely, MD, OB-Gyn,
WUV Hospitals
Ellen Kirby, RN, RFTS Region VIII
Ann Dacey, RN
Dee Messinger, RN, RFTS Region II
Paula Darby, RN, RFTS Region
VII
Trish Sheridan, RN, NICU, CAMC-Women and Children’s Hospital, Charleston
Kathy Imes, RN, Nurse Manager, Labor and DElivery, Cabell-Huntington Hospital
Fran O'brien, RN, OB Nurse Manager, Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Ronceverte
Kelley Cielensky, MS, WVDHHR, Office of Behavioral Health
Kathy Szafram, MA, LPC, President & CEO, Crittenton Services, Wheeling
Penny Womeldorf, MSW, WV Healthy Start/HAPI Project, Morgantown
Shelda Martin, MD, Medical Director, PEIA, Charleston
Terri Bliziotes, MPH, RN, WV Primary Care Association
Theresa Frazer, MD, FAAP, Bluefield Regional Medical Center, Bluefield
 

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Committee on Perinatal Worksite Wellness

Purpose:  To encourage the established worksite wellness programs to address perinatal health.

Staff:  Ann Dacey, RN

Members:

Sue Binder, RN, March of Dimes
Betty Critch-Parsons, MS, Center for Excellence in Womens Health
Scott Rotruck
Tom Heywood
Nidia Henderson - PEIA 

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Committee to Promote and Support Breastfeeding

Purpose:  Promote and support breastfeeding by increasing the number of lactation consultants working in WV hospitals.

Staff:  Cinny Kittle MS: WV Hospital Association

Members:        

Cathy Bailey, RN, IBCLC - Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley
Mary Boyd, MD, Elkins
Mary Caldwell, MA, IBCLC - Valley Health WIC Program Director, Kanawha County
Paula Darby, RN - Right From The Start Region VII
Kathy Dittmar, RN, Nurse Manager OB, Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale
Brenda Johnson, RN - CASE WV, Bluefield
Barbara Lott, RN - RFTS Region V
Jenny Morris, MM, IBCLC - WIC Breastsfeeding Coordinator, Kanawha County
Jamie Peden, RN - Lactation Consultant, CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital, Charleston
Molly Scarbourough, RN, IBCLC - Greenbrier Valley Medical Center
Amy Tolliver, MS, Government Relations Specialist, WV State Medical Association, Charleston
Nancy Tolliver, RN, Director - Perinatal Partnership – 2007, Charleston
Michelle Truax, RN, Right From The Start, Marshall County Health Department
Stephanie Whitney, State WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator, WVDHHR
Sandy Young, RN - Nursing Director, Women and Children’s Services, Thomas Hospital
 

 

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