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Nurse and Baby photo The Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative was formed in late 2012 when the Illinois Perinatal Advisory Committee Prematurity Task Force report to the Illinois legislature recommended that “resources be provided for a perinatal quality collaborative to work in tandem with the Regionalized Perinatal System to engage in ongoing quality improvement initiatives”. At that time, support from the Illinois CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant and March of Dimes brought the Perinatal Quality Collaborative of Illinois (PQCI), a neonatology-focused collaborative, together with obstetric quality improvement leadership to form a statewide quality collaborative that would work closely with the Illinois Regionalized Perinatal System (RPS) on both obstetric and neonatal quality improvement initiatives. A series of key stakeholder meetings were held in late 2012 and early 2013 to establish a mission, vision and goals for the collaborative. Start up funding was provided by the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) Quality Demonstration Grant. Perinatal quality collaborative leaders in California, Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio provided consultation and expertise to the Illinois team. The Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative (ILPQC) was born.

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A statewide perinatal quality collaborative that involves all perinatal stakeholders; utilizes data-driven, evidence-based practices; improves perinatal quality resulting in improved birth outcomes, improved health for women and infants, and decreased costs; builds on Illinois’ existing state-mandated Regionalized Perinatal System, and operates with long-term sustainable funding.


Engage perinatal stakeholders across disciplines and at every level, in a collaborative effort to improve the quality of perinatal care and health outcomes for Illinois women and infants using improvement science, education, and evidence-based practice guidelines.

Develop a collaborative network of perinatal stakeholders (focused on birthing hospitals with obstetric and neonatal leadership teams) committed to improving perinatal safety, efficiency, quality of care, and outcomes for women and infants.

Educate stakeholders on improvement science and best practice, and use improvement science to design, implement and evaluate data driven, evidence-based processes to improve the quality of perinatal care.

Utilize a statewide database with real-time data collection, analysis, and reporting capability. Assure that each initiative undertaken adds value for all perinatal stakeholders, optimizes resources, spreads best practices, reduces variation, and promotes family and patient-centeredness.

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