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November 10, 2023 – In 2022, TIPQC (Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care) and hospitals from across the state worked to provide optimal cord clamping to every baby born in Tennessee.  Optimal cord clamping means that the cord was not clamped until the baby was 1 minute old.  This project benefits every baby born in Tennessee – term and preterm.  But the project was also the first step in providing the best care to Tennessee’s Tiniest Babies.  This project, which has a total of five bundles, is aimed at reducing the mortality for infants born at less than or equal to 29.6 weeks gestational age. TIPQC concluded our Optimal Cord Clamping Project* in October 2023, with 26 hospital teams earning banners for their work!  

 (*For more information on this project please see

Women’s Center employees with TIPQC project completion banner.

Twelve (12) hospitals achieved a 5-star rating which consisted of active project participation including huddles and coaching calls, monthly outcome and structure data capture, data-driven QI work, clinical change implementation, and reaching the state goal of 90% of infants receiving optimal cord clamping.

Ascension St Thomas Midtown Hospital 

Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford  

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton

Ballad Health Bristol Regional Medical Center

Blount Memorial Hospital

Greeneville Community Hospital 

Hardin Medical Center

Jackson Madison County General Hospital 

Niswonger Children’s Hospital 

Regional One Health 

Tennova North Knoxville Medical Center

West Tennessee Healthcare Dyersburg

Four-star ratings were awarded to:

Cumberland Medical Center 

Erlanger Health System 

Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center

Franklin Woods Community Hospital 

University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville


About West Tennessee Healthcare

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