Allina Health’s Minneapolis Anesthesia Partners group awarded SOAP Center of Excellence designation

MINNEAPOLIS (June 1, 2021) —Minneapolis Anesthesia Partners, the anesthesia group at Allina Health’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital, was awarded the Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) ‘Center of Excellence’ designation for the Obstetrics Anesthesia department at The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Abbott Northwestern Hospital joins Mayo Clinic and The University of Minnesota as the third facility in Minnesota’s history to have been recognized with this designation.

“It is an honor to be recognized as a ‘Center for Excellence’ by the Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology” said Dr. Benjamin Reynolds, Director of Obstetric Anesthesia said. “This designation affirms that the work our teams do each and every day goes above and beyond to provide care for those we serve. Everyone deserves the highest quality of care and we are incredibly proud to be recognized for our longstanding commitment to excellence.”

The SOAP Center of Excellence designation recognizes institutions and programs that demonstrate excellence in obstetric anesthesia care, sets a benchmark level of expected care to improve the standards nationally, and provides a broad surrogate quality metric of institutions providing obstetric anesthesia care. The criteria for the SOAP Center of Excellence designation cover various domains including personnel and staffing; equipment, protocols, and policies; simulation and team training; obstetric emergency management; cesarean delivery and labor analgesia care; recommendations and guidelines implementation; and quality assurance and patient follow-up systems. The criteria for the SOAP COE designation, which covers all aspects of obstetric anesthesia care, were generated by expert consensus and incorporate evidence-based recommendations. 

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