NEWS | June 9, 2014

Medical center receives "Zero Hero Award" for avoidance of early deliveries


UC Davis Medical Center has received the Zero Hero Award from Patient Safety First for having no early elective baby deliveries for 15 consecutive months.

Mitchell Creinin, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was presented with the award at a recent meeting of the Quality and Safety Committee. The department has not had an early elective delivery for 30 consecutive months.

“Accomplishing this feat is a tribute to the combined efforts of physicians and nurses who provide obstetric care at the medical center,” said Creinin.

The trophy plaque will be displayed soon in the University Birthing Suites. The award originally was presented at the Annual Patient Safety First meeting last November in San Francisco.

Patient Safety First was launched in 2010 to improve quality of care, reduce health-care costs and save lives by improving patient safety and perinatal care in California. The project is a partnership among the National Health Foundation, California’s Regional Hospital Associations, Anthem Blue Cross and more than 180 hospitals across the state.

In phase one of the project, member hospitals have made significant improvements in four important, hospital-based avoidable harm initiatives: sepsis mortality, ventilator-associated pneumonia, central-line bloodstream infections and perinatal gestational age deliveries under 39 weeks. Based on this success, Patient Safety First has been extended to a fourth year.

Phase 2 of the initiative will build upon the work of the first phase, and focus on new aspects of patient safety in these areas:

  • C. diff
  • Sepsis mortality
  • Early elective deliveries
  • Surgical safety: retained surgical sponges and towels
UC Davis Medical Center is a comprehensive academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health. Centers of excellence include the National Cancer Institute-designated UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center; the region's only Level 1 pediatric and adult trauma centers; the UC Davis MIND Institute, devoted to finding treatments and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders; and the UC Davis Children's Hospital. The medical center serves a 33-county, 65,000-square-mile area that stretches north to the Oregon border and east to Nevada. It further extends its reach through the award-winning telemedicine program, which gives remote, medically underserved communities throughout California unprecedented access to specialty and subspecialty care. For more information, visit