Sample of the article which appeared in Sault Ste. Marie This Week at www.saultthisweek.com on March 17, 2009

Life on the maternity ward at Sault Area Hospital is a different – and better - place these days, thanks to “MORE OB” which means “managing obstetric risk efficiently”, according to Johanne Messier-Mann, director, chief nursing officer and director, Mat/Child Program and Nursing Practice.

At last Wednesday’s open meeting of the board, Messier-Mann and several members of the MORE OB core team presented an update of the program designed by the Society of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians in Canada, and implemented at SAH about a year-and-a-half ago after a local physician learned about the program.

“It’s all about quality of care and raising the level of confidence in every person on the maternity ward,” said Messier-Mann, “whether you are a physician, a mid-wife, a nurse or other staff member – everybody gets the same training – including all new hires.”

Ready to begin the last of the three modules contained in the three-year licensed program, SAH is one of more than 175 hospitals in Canada and the U.S. to adopt it.

Messier-Mann said the program is being embraced by management, staff and the union.

Currently funded by the hospital’s global budget, Messier-Mann is “writing proposals to try to secure other funding.”

Core team members are expected to invest about 50 hours to the program per year, while participants will devote about 20 hours per year including about five outside of regular working hours.

Board member Ralph Barker observed that the success of the MORE OB program would serve as a model for other departments embarking on a culture shift.