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Years Active: 2020-2022

Tennessee AIM: Severe

Maternal Hypertension


To reduce the rate of severe morbidities in pregnant and postpartum women with severe hypertension by 20% by December 2021.

TARGET POPULATION: Pregnant and postpartum women (up to 6 weeks) that present to L&D, Triage, ED, Antepartum, or Postpartum that have an elevated blood pressure of ≥160 systolic and/or ≥110 diastolic twice within 15 minutes. Patients with chronic/gestational HTN should also be included.

Key Driver

Project Resources

QI Project Guidance

Resources for Teams

QI Project Guidance

Hypertension Project Toolkit

QI Project Guidance

IRB Protocol

QI Project Guidance

Data Details

Active Participating

Hospital Teams

  • Baptist Memorial for Women
  • Blount Memorial Hospital
  • Cookeville Regional Medical Center
  • Erlanger Medical Center
  • Jackson-Madison County General Hospital
  • Maury Regional Medical Center
  • Methodist LeBonheur Germantown
  • Methodist South Hospital
  • Regional One Health
  • St. Thomas Midtown
  • St. Thomas Rutherford
  • UT Medical Center, Knoxville
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • West Tennessee HealthCare Dyersburg

State Project Leaders

Danielle Tate, MD, MBA and Connie Graves, MD led this project. 

Dr. Tate is a maternal fetal medicine specialist at the Baptist Memorial System.  She is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the TIPQC Maternal Medical Director.

Dr. Graves has been involved with TIPQC since its inception and is a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist.  Dr. Graves is the Medical Director, Tennessee Maternal Fetal Medicine, Director of Perinatal Services, St. Thomas Health, Co-Director of the Comprehensive Perinatal Cardiac Clinic, St. Thomas Health, Professor – University of Tennessee, Clinical Professor – Vanderbilt University, and Adjunct Professor – Meharry Medical College.  She also serves on many state and national boards and is widely published. 



TIPQC is actively recruiting devoted health care professionals, community leaders and patient and family partners to further our mission of improving health outcomes for mothers and babies in Tennessee.