The Center of Excellence (COE) designation is to recognize institutions and programs that demonstrate excellence in obstetric anesthesia care, to set a benchmark level of expected care to improve the standards nationally, and to provide a broad surrogate quality metric of institutions providing obstetric anesthesia care. The criteria for the Center of Excellence designation covers 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 Center of Excellence designation, which covers all aspects of obstetric anesthesia care, were generated by expert consensus and incorporate evidence-based recommendations.
Click here to view the 2018 SOAP Center of Excellence Recipients Press Release.
Thank you to everyone who applied!
We will be accepting future applications for the 2019 Centers of Excellence in August.
Criteria required for the 2019 SOAP COE Designation will be available in July 2019.
Ad Hoc COE Committee members, Brendan Carvalho, M.B., B.Ch., FRCA and Jill M. Mhyre, M.D., authored, “Centers of Excellence for Anesthesia Care of Obstetric Patients”, which was published as an editorial in Anesthesia & Analgesia. View the full article here.
Online application process via the SOAP website portal. No on-site visit is required. All awards are on a conditional approval basis; inaccurate reporting is grounds for revocation of the COE designation.
Applications will be accepted annually. The certificate will be valid for 4 years, after which time a center must reapply. If applications are rejected, you are welcome to reapply the following year. If applications are provisionally accepted, you have 1 month to provide clarifications and revisions.
Each application will be reviewed and graded by the COE committee. A majority committee vote will determine whether COE status is granted. Highlighted (with *) criteria are considered as ‘essential’. Applicants must provide evidence that they offer all the ‘essential’ criteria and the majority of the other important criteria, as outlined below. The committee will consider criteria within the context of the care setting (as defined by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s obstetric care consensus on levels of maternal care; Obstet Gynecol 2015;125:502–15).
Fees will be charged to cover costs related to reviewing and certifying applications. The application fee is $500. If your institution is selected to be a COE, then an additional certification fee of $2000 (initial certification) or $1000 (recertification) is required.
Phone and in-person consultation will be offered to help institutions navigate and attain COE designation. The fee schedule for this consultation service is still to be determined.
The current 2019 Ad Hoc COE Committee members include: Drs. Brendan Carvalho (Chair), Brian Bateman, Jeanette Bauchat, Rachel Kacmar, Jill Mhyre, Ruth Landau, Mark Zakowski, Cristy Morgan, David Gambling, Grace Lim, John Markley and David Berman. Additional members will be added as needed. Select individuals from COE designation centers will be invited to serve on the COE review board (as needed).
There are two options to complete and submit the COE application – a web-based form and a fillable PDF. If you choose to complete and submit the fillable PDF, you will need to email the completed PDF and supporting documents to email@example.com. Those who complete and submit the fillable PDF will also need to call the SOAP office at 414-389-8611 to coordinate payment for the application fee. Your application will not be considered complete until the application fee is received. Those who complete the web-based form will be able to pay by credit card via PayPal following the submission of the application.
If you have any questions, please contact the SOAP office at 414-389-8611 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org .