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Today, your host Ellen Gardner, Communications and Marketing at HIROC, speaks with the four leaders whose organizations have formed a new collaboration to advance the safety of obstetrical and perinatal care in Canada.

Each year approximately 380,000 children are born in Canada. The majority of births occur safely, but patient safety events do occur, and while rare, these events can be associated with severe patient outcomes. HIROC, SOGC, and the CMPA have joined forces as partners in Salus Global to help address and reduce these rare events and improve the safety of care for mothers and newborns across the country.

HIROC and the SOGC have worked closely with Salus Global for years. In November 2017 they welcomed the newest member of the partnership, the CMPA – Canada’s largest physician organization with 100,000 members.

The partners now share equal ownership in Salus Global whose flagship program, the MOREOB program, is designed to create a culture of patient safety and performance improvement for interprofessional obstetrical teams. Together with the CMPA, the partners hope to build greater awareness and improved involvement in the MOREOB program.


Catherine Gaulton, CEO, HIROC

Dr. Jennifer Blake, CEO, Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC)

Dr. Hartley Stern, Executive Director and CEO, Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA)

Malcolm Eade, President and CEO, Salus Global



Key Takeaways:

[1:47] Catherine: What this collaborative and Salus Global hope to achieve together

[3:05] Catherine: Why you need a consistent voice when you want people to act as a team

[3:57] Catherine: How HIROC’s vision of partnering to create the safest healthcare system is a perfect fit with this collaboration

[5:52] Catherine: The value of giving a wide variety of healthcare professionals in different environments the opportunity to collaborate around a program dedicated to the delivery of safe perinatal care

[9:53] Dr. Blake: Why this collaboration lets us imagine a future where no preventable harm comes to a mother or baby

[10:15] Dr. Blake: What it’s going to take to move in a positive direction with our combined strengths

[12:40] Dr. Stern: The single most important thing that this partnership brings together

[14:14] Dr. Stern: Why people caring about each other in the birthing suite reduces the likelihood of things going wrong

[15:36] Malcolm: How the MOREOB program changes the culture of the obstetrical unit

[15:59] Malcolm: Why overnight success in this business takes three years

[16:57] Malcolm: How Salus Global goes about changing the culture in a way that leads to better outcomes

[17:56] Malcolm: Why young men and women did not choose obstetrics as a career at the turn of the century and why malpractice rates were going up

[20:25] Malcolm: Why the CMPA joining the partnership is vindicating and validates the work of Salus Global


Mentioned in this Episode:

Salus Global

The MOREOB program


The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada

The ALARM course (SOGC)

The Canadian Medical Protective Association


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