Holly Puritz, M.D.
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Service to the Commonwealth for advancing patient safety and quality improvement
Presented to a physician or Alliance member who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to advancing patient safety and quality improvement.
This award is accompanied by a $1,200 scholarship to attend a medical educational symposium of the recipient's choice, courtesy of The Doctors Company Foundation
partnered with the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation
, the Virginia Hospital
and Healthcare Association
and the March of Dimes
to engage 53 hospitals in the EED initiative.
As the clinical leader of this effort, Dr. Puritz
has been actively involved in educational activities such as webinars that have been critical to communicating the clinical importance of this effort to Virginia hospitals.
In addition, Dr. Puritz has participated on the Infant Mortality Work Group established by the Virginia Commissioner of Health since 2009.
Puritz provides outstanding medical leadership and, by making time to serve on these committees, her commitment to the improvement of maternal and child health in Virginia is evident.â€�
The Early Elective Delivery Collaborative was established to reduce early elective deliveries in the commonwealth.
Research shows that healthy pregnant women who undergo early, non- medically necessary deliveries before 39 weeks of gestational age have deliveries which result in more complications, including death for infants.
All 53 hospitals that are participating in the EED initiative submitted data for the first quarter of 2013, reporting an average of 3.41 percent of live births which will serve as a baseline for the project.
has announced the statewide target for early elective deliveries as two percent or lower.
Dr. Puritz is president of The Group for Women in Norfolk where she practices obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GN).
She is also a clinical faculty member of the Eastern Virginia Medical School and medical director of the Sentara Leigh-OB/GYN services.