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OCH Maternity Team and Zeyar Htun, DO, FAAP, Receive Great Baby Beginnings Awards from BPPN

Released: 7/26/2022 6:00:00 AM

Congratulations to the maternity team at Oishei Children’s Hospital (OCH) who received the 2022 Great Baby Beginnings Organizational Honoree Award from the Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network (BPPN).

BPPN's core mission is to improve maternal and infant health outcomes for high need women and their families, to help reduce racial and ethnic disparities in those outcomes and to nurture families. These awards were given to individuals and organizations whose outstanding contributions to the field of prenatal and perinatal care are in line with the BPPN mission.

After many months of living through the challenges of COVID-19, the maternity team at OCH faced another hurdle during the strike at South Buffalo Mercy Hospital. The strike significantly changed the care for many maternity patients throughout the community, and patients who planned to deliver at South Buffalo Mercy suddenly had to change their plans.

The OCH maternity team came up with a plan in a matter of hours to ensure they would have the supplies, staff, providers and resources to care for the influx of additional patients – all while making sure these patients felt welcomed, comfortable and not overwhelmed.

Different leadership teams rounded every day on the mother baby unit to ask how our patients’ experience was and see if there was anything we could do to make their experience better. During this time, the patients received special gift bags from the Foundation.

Most importantly, the staff was truly amazing and made each patient feel special. In addition, there were many new doctors and midwifes that came along with their patients. The maternity team, along with other services like EVS, materials management and dietary, truly demonstrated leading with CARE and helped turn a stressful situation into a positive experience for many patients and healthcare providers throughout our community.

In addition, Zeyar Htun, DO, FAAP, former attending in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at OCH, received the 2022 Caregiver Honoree Award for his work in creating the OCH NICU Inaugural Baby’s with Books Readathon. The 10-day event encouraged staff and families to read as many books as possible to the children in the NICU. For just a few minutes, a hundred times a day, everyone in the hospital was caring for and growing our littlest patients.

Families reported feeling less stress related to the admission and an increased sense of connection to their children above and beyond the improved outcomes, language development, and lower complication rates that come with being read to as an infant.