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Release Date: 03/11/2016

Kent Hospital nurse leaders recently took part in a national perinatal leadership forum in Dallas, Texas. Jean Salera-Vieira, advanced nurse clinician/perinatal CNS, Kent Hospital, presented the topic, Improving Safety Through Collaboration: The Interdisciplinary Perinatal Practice Committee. The IPPC at Kent Hospital, co-chaired by nursing and medical providers, is held throughout the year to engage multiple disciplines in collaborative discussion about best practices in the care of the perinatal patient and her family.

Salera-Vieira also presented with Margaret Allaire, nurse manager of the Women's Care Center at Kent Hospital on another topic, Baby Friendly Carnival: Using Creativity to Educate. The Baby Friendly Carnival was an interactive staff education program that utilized a fun carnival theme to highlight the ten steps of successful breastfeeding.

Kent Hospital is honored to have two nurse leaders participate in this conference on such a critically important topic," said Rebecca Burke, RN, MS, NEA-BC, sr. vice president patient care services, chief nursing officer at Kent Hospital. "Their hard work and dedication to improving perinatal care goes beyond Kent Hospital. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated nursing team at the Women's Care Center to provide continuous, high quality care for our patients, their families and the community."

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Kent Hospital, a Care New England Hospital, is a 359-bed, acute care hospital. It is Rhode Island’s second largest hospital, serving approximately 300,000 residents of central Rhode Island.

A teaching affiliate of The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kent offers programs in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and an Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship. Kent’s redesigned Emergency Department (ED) sees approximately 70,000 patients a year and ranks Kent’s ED volume among the top 10-percent nationally. It was the first hospital in the state to eliminate the practice of ambulance diversion.

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