The Arizona Perinatal Trust (APT), a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, was established in September 1980. It was initially established by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Trust is dedicated to improving the health of Arizona's mothers and babies, and is governed by a Board of Trustees and a Board of Directors.
The Arizona Perinatal Trust (APT) has three main components; Certification, Perinatal Education, and Perinatal Data review, which together form the core of our work. These efforts are implemented in collaboration with our member hospitals in the region, the professionals who work with mothers, babies, and the state agencies that partner with us to support the system.
The Voluntary Certification Program is a quality improvement process that includes matching hospital capabilities and capacity to established guidelines through a self-assessment process and a site visit by a team of peer professionals. This process was developed through a grant from St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Good Samaritan Hospital. The work that was initially funded by these hospitals continues today.
Effective planning and efforts to improve perinatal services is dependent on quality Perinatal Data. In collaboration with Arizona Department of Health Services, APT provides an annual perinatal data profile to member hospitals. This data supports individual hospitals in their efforts toward quality improvement, state and local agencies in regional planning for improving birth outcomes.
The Voluntary Certification Program has established Perinatal Education guidelines and works to facilitate the availability of professional Perinatal Education throughout Arizona.
Every mother and baby in Arizona should have the best care regardless of where they live in Arizona. The Arizona Perinatal Trust is a private-public partnership among hospitals, health care professionals, and state agencies throughout Arizona, committed to an effective regionalized perinatal health care system.Mission
The Arizona Perinatal Trust is created to be an independent source of energy and resource to focus efforts on the continuing improvement of the health of Arizona's mothers and babies.Vision
...Thus, the critical impact of birth outcome, which persists for the duration of each life, calls for special commitment to principle of equal access to high quality care for all mothers and their babies.Funding
The Trust is primarily funded through hospital certification and membership fees. The Trust is primarily funded through hospital certification and membership fees. Additional revenue is generated through private donations and our Annual Fundraiser.Perinatal Education
APT works to facilitate the availability of professional education through the establishment of separate Level guidelines for continuing education, outreach education, patient & community education as well as facilitating the Annual APT Perinatal Education Conference. Please see Data and Resources section for additional educational resources.Annual Reports