McLeod Dillon Participates in Statewide Training Efforts Aimed to Improve Birth Outcomes


On Monday, October 26, 2015, McLeod Dillon OB/GYN physicians and labor and delivery nurses participated in a new state-of-the-art mobile simulation training program. Offered by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS), SimCOACH™, the first mobile simulation laboratory in South Carolina and one of only a few in the nation, is aimed at improving health outcomes for moms and babies in South Carolina. This education is part of the South Carolina Birth Outcomes Initiative (SCBOI).

The hospital labor and delivery team participated in 90-minute sessions, led by a maternal-fetal medicine specialist and the SimCOACH™ staff, that simulated real-life scenarios, including obstetric and neonatal emergencies. The education provided on this 50-foot vehicle teaches best practices to help reduce non-medically necessary C-sections in first-time, low-risk moms as part of the Supporting Vaginal Birth (SVB) initiative.

In addition to the simulation training, SCDHHS is working with SCBOI to provide webinars, peer to peer maternal-fetal medicine discussion and provider education to assist hospitals and health providers in their efforts to achieve this.

About the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services provides health care benefits to more than one million South Carolinians. Its mission is to purchase the most health for our citizens in need at the least possible cost to the taxpayer.

About McLeod Dillon
With a strong history in the Dillon community since 1943, McLeod Dillon, formerly Saint Eugene Hospital, has continued to grow and expand to serve residents of Dillon (SC), Bennettsville (SC), Marion (SC), and Robeson (NC) counties with excellence in patient care. The Joint Commission accredited medical center employs 350 and has the strength of 100 physicians on its medical staff. McLeod Dillon, established in 1998, offers general and orthopedic surgery, women’s services, emergency services, intensive care, rehabilitative services and cardiac rehabilitation. Investments in state of the art technology to improve patient care have included Open MRI, digital mammography, 4D ultrasounds, CT Scans, and nuclear and vascular studies.