Department of
Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Dr. Grace Lim Part of Pennsylvania Team Fighting for Maternal Safety


As a member of the Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PA PQC) Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health (AIM) team, Grace Lim, MD, MS, will be part of a new PA state maternal safety effort focused on severe hypertension, health disparities, and depression screening and follow-up.

The PA PQC is working to reduce maternal mortality and improve care for pregnant and postpartum women and newborns affected by opioids. Over 60 birth sites and NICUs and over 10 health plans across Pennsylvania are actively identifying perinatal processes that need to be improved and quickly adopting best practices to achieve common aims around maternal opioid use disorder, neonatal abstinence syndrome, and maternal mortality.

AIM, a national data-driven maternal safety and quality improvement initiative funded by the US Health Resources & Services Administration and operated by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, provides implementation support and data tracking assistance to participating states to support the adoption of AIM’s patient safety bundles. AIM also enables states to track their success on improving maternal outcomes through AIM’s national data center.

Pennsylvania was recently selected to join the AIM Fall 2020 Cohort. The PA PQC will soon be forming a PA AIM Task Force and rolling out two new maternal patient safety bundles in 2021, the AIM Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy Bundle and the AIM Racial/Ethnic Disparities Bundle.

Our department is proud to be represented in this important Pennsylvania state initiative along with the UPMC Women’s Health Service Line and other PA PQC AIM team members like the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Allegheny Health Network, Thomas Jefferson University, Lehigh Valley Health Network, and March of Dimes.