Pediatrix Medical Group is the nation’s leading provider of maternal-fetal, newborn and pediatric subspecialty physician services. The company is also one of the nation's largest providers of newborn hearing screens. Pediatrix Medical Group, an operating unit of MEDNAX, was founded in 1979. Combined, Pediatrix and its affiliated professional corporations employ more than 1,675 neonatal, maternal-fetal and pediatric subspecialists and over 700 advanced practitioners in 34 states and Puerto Rico.
Pediatrix's innovative clinical model is reshaping the delivery of critical care through investments in the clinical, information and management systems necessary to advance evidence-based medicine. Our clinical information system strategy provides the framework for our research, education and continuous quality improvement initiatives which allow our clinicians to enhance outcomes nationwide. Learn more about our clinical services below:
Our Clinical Infrastructure
Our clinical model allows physicians to do what they do best: Take great care of the patient.® Our clinical infrastructure, made possible through our national group practice model, allows physicians to pursue clinical research, education and quality improvement initiatives on a national scale. With additional support from our Center for Research, Education and Quality (CREQ), these initiatives contribute to improved patient outcomes and the reduction of long-term health care costs, as well as the attraction and retention of clinicians, improved clinical operations and enhanced practice collaboration.
For example, our emphasis on reducing infections for NICU patients can be readily seen by the marked decrease in catheter-related bloodstream infections (CABSI).
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A Culture of Quality Improvement
Pediatrix is dedicated to improving health care outcomes and encourages each practice to implement a multi-disciplinary continuous quality improvement (CQI) effort. We provide evidence-based toolkits and clinical information systems to help practices systematically monitor, study, learn and implement changes that have resulted in advancements in neonatal care, including:
- More efficient use of medication leading to cost savings while improving outcomes
- Reduced central line infection rates leading to cost savings
- Reduced incidence of retinopathy of prematurity
- Improved daily weight gain of infants under 1,500 grams
- Reduced red blood cell transfusions for 23 to 29 week gestational-age infants
- Improved patient safety through random auditing to detect errors
- Increased number of babies fed with breast milk after hospital discharge
Pediatrix is pleased to partner with hospitals throughout the U.S. on our newest, large-scale quality improvement initiative, the 100,000 Babies Campaign. The 100,000 Babies Campaign aims to improve the delivery of neonatal care to 100,000 babies over a three-year period through the extensive assessment of practices and procedures in more than 100 Pediatrix NICUs nationwide.
The program methodology, which was dervied from previous CQI campaign successes, targets five critical areas:
- Enhancing nutrition
- Improving medication use
- Reducing central line infections
- Minimizing mechanical ventilation
- Reducing incidence of suboptimal admission temperature
Because every NICU is unique with its own culture and specific complexities, the program is customized to fit the individual needs of each participating hospital.
Participating hospitals may benefit from the program through:
- Improved quality care offered to women and their babies
- Enhanced collaboration, communication, knowledge-sharing and interdisciplinary relationships amongst all members of the NICU team
Improved long-term clinical outcomes
- Demonstrated commitment to quality improvement, as well as patient-safety and cost-efficient care, on behalf of the physician, NICU and hospital
In recognition of our unique and extensive quality improvement programs, we have been approved by the American Board of Pediatrics as a "Portfolio Provider Partner." This partnership, which is rarely awarded to external organizations, allows Pediatrix clinicians to fulfill Part IV of the maintenance of certification (MOC) process by participating in our CQI programs and using our Clinical Data Warehouse (CDW).