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CoIIN: Perinatal Regionalization

Neonatal intensive care and regionalization of perinatal care was developed in the late 1970ís in Alabama. Availability of neonatal intensive care served as the framework for the organization of regionalized care. The State Perinatal Program is based on a concept of regionalization of care, a systems approach in which program components in a geographic are defined and coordinated to ensure that pregnant women and their infants have access to appropriate care. 

The goal of perinatal regionalization is to reduce infant deaths by infants being delivered at appropriate facilities. The goal for Alabama's perinatal regionalization is for 90 percent of babies to be delivered at a facility capable of providing the appropriate level of care for their needs.


Team Leaders

Joseph R. Biggio Jr., MD
Director, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine/
Medical Director, Obstetric Services
Associate Professor/
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1702  6th Avenue South
Women and Infants Center STE 10270Q
Birmingham, AL 35249-7333
Phone: (205) 934-6638
Fax: (205) 975-9858

Grace Thomas, MD, FACOG
Assistant State Health Officer for
 Family Health Services
Alabama Department of Public Health
201 Monroe Street, Suite 1350
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 206-5675
Fax: (334) 206-2950

Team Members

Rosemary Blackmon
Executive Vice President/
Chief Operating Officer
Alabama Hospital Association
500 North East Boulevard
Montgomery, AL 36117
Phone: (334) 272-8781
Fax: (334) 270-9527

Izza Cagle, BS, MPH
Research Analyst
Alabama Department of Public Health
Maternal & Child Health Epidemiology Branch
201 Monroe Street, Suite 1350
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 206-9448
Fax: (334) 206-0380

Jessica Hardy, MPH, DNP, RN
Director, Office of Women's Health
Alabama Department of Public Health
201 Monroe Street, Suite 710
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 206-5665

James Leeper, PhD
University of Alabama
Professor of Community
and Rural Medicine
P.O. Box 870327
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Phone: (205) 348-1355

David F. Lewis, MD
Chair, Department of OB/GYN
University of South Alabama
251 Cox Street, Suite 100
Mobile, AL 36604
Phone: (251) 415-1566

Drew Nelson, MPH
Project Development and Quality Improvement
Managed Care Division
Alabama Medicaid Agency
501 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 353-3216

Melinda G. Rowe, MD, MBA/MPH
Assistant Medical Director Health Systems
Alabama Medicaid Office
501 Dexter Avenew
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 242-5574
Fax: (334) 353-3010

Janice Smiley, MSN, RN
Perinatal Health Division Director
Alabama Department of Public Health
201 Monroe Street, Suite 1352
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 206-2928
Fax: (334) 206-2983

Rune Toms, MD
176F 9380
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35294
Phone: (205) 934-4680

Martha Wingate, DrPH
Director, Maternal & Child Health
Leadership Training Program, UAB
RPHB 320
1530 3rd Avenue S
Birmingham, AL 35294-0022
Phone: (205) 934-6783

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