The Voluntary Certification Program (VCP) is a peer review/quality assurance process for the purposes of reducing morbidity and mortality and improving the care of patients.

Certification of a facility demonstrates the facility recognizes and supports Arizona’s regionalized perinatal care health care system.

Participation in the VCP provides an ongoing multi-disciplinary comprehensive external review of a hospitals perinatal/neonatal care services.

Any licensed hospital providing perinatal/neonatal care services to Arizona’s residents is eligible for certification.

Certification through Arizona Perintal Trust...

Provides participating hospitals with the following advantages:

  • Unfettered access to a repository of best practice guidelines, policies, and technical support driven by national evidenced based standards
  • Become part of a solutions driven regional cohort with certified hospitals representing 95% of infants delivered in Arizona
  • Improved reportable quality performance metrics including infant and neonatal mortality and morbidity (Rashidian, et. al., 2014) note: Arizona APT certified hospitals exceed Healthy People 2020 and Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) performance metrics for very LBW preterm infants to be born at Level III and Level IV NICUs
  • Benefit from being a member of a ground breaking public/private partnership in which peer professionals drive quality improvement in collaboration with Arizona’s leaders at the Department of Health Services (DHS), Arizona Health Care Cost Containment Services (AHCCCS), the March of Dimes, and others
  • Demonstrates alliance with the de facto standard of perinatal care for the state of Arizona (Clement, 2005)
  • Confidential, voluntary certification process provides a nonpunitive sharing model with immediate feedback provided by the interdisciplinary team of voluntary experts including maternal fetal medicine/obstetrics, neonatology, anesthesia, OB and neonatal nursing, social work, public health and AHCCCS
  • Enhanced culture of safety as a direct result of clinical practice alignment with community and national standards
  • Potential cost containment due to mitigation of risk associated with elevated quality of care delivery
  • Contributes to enhanced physician and nursing satisfaction due to enhanced culture of safety
  • Non-governmental process provided under Arizona revised statutes for Quality Review and Assurance
  • Certification is driven by national quality standards but is also Arizona specific
  • The certification process supports the hospitals achievement of the quadruple aim

2012 Recommendations & Guidelines (R&Gs)


The success of a collaborative regional perinatal health care system depends on the cooperation and partnership of all members of the perinatal/neonatal health care team. In support of this concept, the R&Gs were developed by the community of perinatal/neonatal health care providers in Arizona.

The R&Gs are provided at no charge to Arizona hospitals.
Please contact apt@azperinatal.org for purchase information.


The Guidelines include these areas:

  • Levels of Care
  • Personnel
  • Services
  • Equipment & Environment
  • Quality Management
  • Continuous Quality Improvement
  • Education & Research
  • Community Outreach

Levels of Care

IN-HOSPITAL BIRTHING CENTERS – IHBC (Indian Health Services Only) 

Provide hospital services for un- complicated obstetrical patients (excluding cesarean delivery) and basic and transitional newborn care. Such centers should not electively deliver infants less than 37 weeks gestation.


Provide hospital services for low-risk obstetrical patients, including cesarean delivery and basic and transitional newborn care; such centers should not electively deliver infants less than 36 weeks gestation.


Provides hospital services for selected high risk obstetrical patients and newborns requiring selective continuing care; such centers should not electively deliver infants less than 32 weeks gestation. 


Provide hospital services for high-risk obstetrical patients and newborns requiring selective continuing care; such centers should not electively deliver infants less than 28 weeks gestation.


Provide hospital services for all obstetrical and newborn patients including those patients requiring subspecialty and intensive care at all gestational ages.


Provide hospital services for all newborns requiring subspecialty and intensive care at all gestational ages.

Certified Hospitals & Levels

  • Abrazo Arrowhead Campus (IIE)
  • Abrazo West Campus (II)
  • Banner Casa Grande Medical Center (II) - Specialized Services 
  • Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center (II) – Specialized Services
  • Banner Desert/Cardon Children’s Medical Center (III) -Specialized Services
  • Banner Estrella Medical Center (IIE)
  • Banner Gateway Medical Center (II) - Specialized Services
  • Banner Ironwood Medical Center (II) -Specialized Services
  • Banner Payson Medical Center (I)
  • Banner Thunderbird Medical Center (III)
  • Banner University Medical Center – Phoenix (III) -Specialized Services
  • Banner University Medical Center – Tucson (III)
  • Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital (I)
  • Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital – Tucson (IIE)
  • Chandler Regional Medical Center (IIE)
  • Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center (I)

  • Flagstaff Medical Center (IIE)   
  • Havasu Regional Medical Center (I)
  • HonorHealth Scottsdale – Osborn (II)
  • HonorHealth Scottsdale – Shea (III)
  • Kingman Regional Medical Center (I)
  • Maricopa Integrated Healthcare (III)
  • Mercy Gilbert Medical Center (II) – Specialized Services 
  • Mountain Vista Medical Center (II)
  • Northwest Medical Center (IIE)
  • Phoenix Children’s Hospital (III) 
  • Phoenix Indian Medical Center (I)
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center (III)
  • Summit Healthcare & Regional Medical Center (II)
  • Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (II)
  • Tucson Medical Center (III)
  • Verde Valley Medical Center (I)
  • Western Arizona Regional Medical Center (I)
  • Whiteriver USPHS East Campus Indian Hospital (IHBC)
  • Yavapai Regional Medical Center - East Campus (II)
  • Yuma Regional Medical Center (IIE)

  • Sunrise Children’s Hospital - Las Vegas (III)

Pay Certification / Membership Fees


To pay your Certification and/or Membership Fees:

  • Click the PAY ONLINE button below, you will be taken to our form
  • Simply complete the required information and then click PROCESS ONLINE
  • You will then be taken to the PayPal site to process/complete your payment

Still have questions? Contact APT at apt@azperintal.org or call 520-421-9880.