Antenatal Corticosteroids (ACT)

Antenatal Corticosteroid Treatment (ACT)

This initiative wrapped up in February of 2017, and the Final Evaluation Report can be found here.

In 2010, The Joint Commission established a new perinatal care core measure set that includes PC-03, the initiation of antenatal steroids. Antenatal Corticosteroid Treatment (ACT), when given at the appropriate time, reduces neonatal morbidity and mortality. Optimal timing of the treatment is important, and often not achieved. The March of Dimes Big 5 State Perinatal Collaborative (comprised of perinatal leaders from CA, FL, IL, NY and TX) is recruiting hospitals to join a 5-state pilot program to help hospitals work towards 100% administration of ACT to mothers who are candidates to receive antenatal steroids and deliver between 23-34 weeks gestation. 

The March of Dimes Big 5 State Perinatal Collaborative will be working collaboratively within and across the Big 5 States with hospital champions and the Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative (ILPQC) on this project. A variety of resources will be provided to support the project, including a data collection portal, ACT toolkit, grand rounds and monthly training webinars, all provided at no cost to participating hospitals. In Illinois, we have invited 12 hospitals to participate:

  • Advocate Condell Medical Center
  • Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
  • Amita Alexian Brothers Women and Children's Hospital
  • Carle Foundation Hospital
  • Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
  • Loyola University Medical Center
  • Northwest Community Hospital
  • Prentice Northwestern Medicine
  • Rockford Memorial Hospital
  • SSM St. Mary's Hospital, St. Louis
  • St. John's Children's Hospital
  • Westlake Hospital


The MOD Preterm Labor Assessment Toolkit can be found here.

The MOD Big 5 ACT Fact Sheet can be found here.

The MOD Big 5 ACT Data Collection Form can be found here.

The ACT Maternal Transport form can be found here.

The ACT Patient Passport version 1 can be found here.

The ACT Patient Passport version 2 can be found here.

The ACT Patient Passport content only can be found here.

For more information or technical support during the application process, please contact Nital Patel at or 312-765-9040.

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