NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center are designated by the New York State Department of Health’s Bureau of Women’s Health as Regional Perinatal Centers (RPC). Each campus functions as a referral center for obstetric and neonatal complications.
A Regional Perinatal Center is designated by the New York State Department of Health as a Level 4 hospital that serves a specific geographic region and provides all aspects of obstetrics and neonatal services, including those for high-risk mothers and babies. The Regional Perinatal Centers of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital provide or coordinate maternal-fetal and newborn transfers of high-risk patients from affiliate hospitals to the RPC through the NYPSTAT – the NewYork-Presbyterian Physician Access Transfer Center.
The goal of Regional Perinatal Centers is to improve perinatal outcomes by:
- Promoting access to appropriate levels of quality health care to pregnant women, newborns, and postpartum women
- Implementing quality improvement programs within the RPC and among affiliate hospitals, including the implementation of the Statewide Perinatal Data System
- Participating in New York State Department of Health quality improvement activities and assisting DOH with implementation of quality improvement initiatives at affiliate hospitals
The Regional Perinatal Centers are also responsible for support, education, consultation, and improvements in the quality of care in the affiliate hospitals within their region to ultimately improve maternal and infant outcomes.