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Texas Health Presbyterian Sets Birth Record in 2008|
DALLAS — While the economy outside may have slowed, Felecia Green, R.N., had the good fortune, albeit a busy, stressful one, of managing a business that saw no signs of slump, downtown or foreclosure in 2008.
Green, nurse manager of labor and delivery at the Margot Perot Center for Women and Infants at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, led a team of nurses and patient care technicians that brought more bundles of joy into the world than ever before at the hospital.
In all, 6,157 babies were born at the Margot Perot Center, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2008. The previous record for the Perot Center, which is one of the region’s busiest labor-and-delivery centers, was 6,113 births in 2006.
“It was an amazingly rewarding year,” said Green, who has worked at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas for 20 years. “For so many families to choose our hospital to bring a new life into the world is truly humbling. We’re honored to be here to care for them.”
While a rewarding year, the high volume of births put Green’s management and the management of her nurse leaders to the test.
“I think they passed with flying colors,” said Deb Maitre, director of services for women and infants at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas. “They maintained a high level of clinical care while treating a huge number of patients. That’s the mark of success in our business.”
This year's births have included more than 150 sets of twins, seven sets of triplets and two sets of quadruplets.
“I feel like they truly cared about my children,” said Casey Gerwer, who delivered quadruplets in January.
Born prematurely, the Gerwer quads — Trey, Brady, Reid and Cameron — spent time in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Special Care Nursery before going home in March.
“I never doubted their medical expertise, but the way they cared for my children was what touched me and my husband so deeply,” Gerwer said.
The L&D unit includes 68 nurses, eight patient care technicians, nine surgical technicians and six administrative staff. Overall, the Margot Perot Center has more than 350 nurses caring for babies and their mothers.
The L&D unit is part of a national perinatal safety program that aims to identify best practices for deliveries. Green said that even though the research and related training regimens are designed to increase quality of care in high-risk cases, the training has proven to improve communications and efficiency overall.
The unit also has adopted new inventory management protocols to economize costs while maintaining adequate supplies, even in the ever-unpredictable world of labor and delivery. The system tracks the exact location of supplies within the unit and measures what rate they’re being used to help plan for upcoming births and surgeries.
“Taking care of so many patients is rewarding on its own,” Green said, “but it also helps us learn how to do our jobs even better. With each delivery we learn more about the medical side of the birth process and the management side of ensuring the right people and equipment are in the right place to do the job.”
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