Alabama Perinatal Excellence Collaborative (APEC)

APEC Vision Statement

To be an exemplary resource for obstetric and other healthcare providers throughout the state of Alabama for assistance in improving perinatal outcomes and ultimately the health and welfare of women and infants throughout Alabama.

Mission Statement

To lower infant mortality and improve maternal and infant health in Alabama through: 1) Implementation and utilization of evidence-based obstetric care guidelines; 2) Assessment of meaningful quality benchmarks; and 3) Enhanced communication and collaboration with providers, both primary and sub-specialty, and patients.

APEC Goals

Ultimate Goal: Improve Pregnancy Outcomes

  • Help guide OB providers via evidence-based practice protocols and decision trees;

  • Identify meaningful quality benchmarks

  • Develop data collection measures

  • Review quality data and provide feedback to individual providers and institutions

  • Develop mechanisms to help providers in achieving benchmarks


APEC Resources


Leadership Team
  • William Andrews, PhD, MD, Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UAB

  • Susan Baker, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, USA

  • Joseph Biggio, MD, Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, UAB

  • Sylisa Lee-Jackson, RN, Associate Director, Maternity Program, Alabama Medicaid

  • David Lewis, MD, Professor & Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, USA

  • Guy Middleton, MD, OB/GYN, Dothan

  • Thomas Miller, MD, State Health Officer, ADPH

  • Robert Moon, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Alabama Medicaid

  • Melinda Rowe, MD, Assistant Medical Director, Alabama Medicaid

  • Catherine Skinner, MD, Family Physician, Tuscaloosa

  • Janice Smiley, MSN, RN, Perinatal Health Division Director, ADPH

  • Amy Stratton, BSN, RN, State Perinatal Program Director

  • Allison Todd, RN, MSN, Administrative Director, UAB