Driving Improvement in Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy

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Driving Improvement in Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy


On Demand Webinar
Duration: 1 Hour 

Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are one of the leading causes of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality worldwide. Dignity Health, a leading provider of perinatal services in Arizona, California and Nevada, implemented a system-wide strategy aimed at improving maternal safety and driving high-reliability care. Using a blended model that includes standardization of education and care, transparency and accountability, physician collaboration and simulation, Dignity Health has successfully reduced their rate of Eclampsia by 40% across their health system.
Join us for this webinar to learn how they achieved their results.
Learning Objectives:
  • Review the significance of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and impact on severe maternal morbidity and mortality
  • Identify the key strategies for evidence-based practice implementation and standardization
  • Discuss the learnings from one healthcare system’s journey to improve perinatal outcomes
Please note: this webinar is a free event, and no CEUs or certificates of participation are provided. All registrants will receive a copy of the recorded webinar and slides if you cannot attend the live event.




Suzanne Wiesner, RN, MBA/ HCM, C-EFM
System Director of Maternal Child Health Services
Dignity Health

Suzanne Wiesner is currently the Director for Maternal Child Health Services in Patient Safety for Dignity Health, supporting 29 of the system’s hospitals that provide perinatal services. Suzanne has been with Dignity Health for 26 years. Most of her nursing career has been in obstetrics, including various leadership roles within the organization. In her current position, Suzanne values the importance of standardization of care, the implementation of evidence-based practices and a culture of safety, where learning from errors and near misses is key to improving quality and safety.



Laurence Shields, MD
Medical Director of Perinatal Safety
Dignity Health


Laurence Shields, MD is currently the Medical Director of Perinatal Safety for Dignity Health. He also serves as Director of Perinatal Services at Marian Regional Medical Center. He has been an active participant with in the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) Pregnancy-Related and Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review Committee (CA-PAMR), co-author of the CMQCC Maternal Hemorrhage toolkit, and co-chair of the Preeclampsia Taskforce. Over the past 10 years he has worked to standardize many aspects of obstetrical care including to response to maternal hemorrhage, treatment of hypertension, use of oxytocin and the response to abnormal maternal vital signs with the development of the Maternal Early Waring Trigger tool “MEWT”. For the past six years has worked closely with Suzanne Wiesner, RN, MBA with in Dignity Health on these projects.



Lora Sparkman, MHA, BSN, RN
Clinical Effectiveness Consultant


Lora Sparkman provides internal and external consulting, thought leadership, and strategic guidance on the use and optimization of Relias clinical solutions related to improving patient safety and creating high reliability in some of the highest risk areas in healthcare: Obstetrics and Emergency Department as well as other clinical areas with the acute care setting. Prior to Relias, Lora worked for Ascension as a Director of Clinical Excellence. In her role, she had the opportunity to work with clinical leaders and innovators from across the country in improving the delivery of care demonstrating results in patient outcomes and reducing the cost of risk. Lora is a registered nurse, holds a Master of Health Administration from Lindenwood University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Missouri, and a Diploma in Nursing from Barnes Hospital School of Nursing.