The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston will be home to the country's first March of Dimes Perinatal Safety Center, a facility designed to enhance the safety of pregnant women and babies.
The Perinatal Safety Center, which is funded through grants from The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, will focus on creating, teaching and assessing hospital’s perinatal care.
“The March of Dimes is proud to initiate this project that helps fulfill our goal to give every baby a healthy start in life,” March of Dimes President Stacey Stewart said. “And it’s fitting that we partner with institutions in the Texas Medical Center, where more than 25,000 babies are delivered each year.”
Senior vice president for Mission Impact and chief medical officer for the March of Dimes Paul Jarris, M.D., said the grant will help to develop a national model for mother and baby care.
“This gift will expand upon efforts at UTHealth and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital to establish a preeminent culture of safety in maternal and infant health care, through the development of a national model devoted to mothers and babies that can be replicated throughout the country,” Jarris said.
The March of Dimes is a 75-year-old nonprofit that strives for research, education, vaccines and medical breakthroughs in the care of moms and babies.