Greenfield, IN: Officials at Hancock Health and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital (PMCH) at Ascension St. Vincent have announced a partnership that will provide an advanced level of newborn care at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield. The new services create a Level II Special Care Nursery that allows for a higher specialty of care for moderately ill infants and babies born as early as 32 weeks’ gestation.
As of November 1, specially trained neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs) from PMCH will provide 24/7 support at Hancock Regional Hospital. The NNPs will also have 24/7 access and support from neonatologists at PMCH, which hosts the state’s largest Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Hancock Health President Steve Long said the new services offer greater peace of mind for families delivering at Hancock Regional Hospital and allows delivering mothers and families that extra care for their baby without having to drive a long distance.
“We have a great team of physicians, nurses, and associates, and most babies born here don’t need extra care. But it’s great to know that, if your baby does need more help, it’s available just a few steps away,” Long said.
According to Dr. Julia Compton, Hancock Health AVP, Oncology Service Line and Physician Executive Council, the Level II nursery gives Hancock the ability to care for infants who need oxygen, IV fluids or medications, help with feeding, or just some extra care or supervision before going home.
“And if a newborn needs an even higher level of care, it’s available through our connection with PMCH,” she said. “It gives us access to Indiana’s best-equipped facility for babies with complex medical needs.”
“We’re excited to assist Hancock Regional Hospital in caring for their newborns babies,” Dr. Taha BenSaad, MD,MBA, NICU Medical Director at Ascension St. Vincent Women’s Hospital and Carmel Hospital. “This partnership provides families the comfort of knowing they have high quality, specialty pediatric care, close to home.”
About Hancock Health
Hancock Health is an independent, full-service healthcare system serving Hancock County, Indiana, and the surrounding areas. The system includes Hancock Regional Hospital, Hancock Physician Network, and more than 20 other healthcare facilities, such as wellness centers, women’s clinics, family practices, the Sue Ann Wortman Cancer Center, and Gateway Hancock Health. For more information, please contact us at (317) 462.5544, visit our website at hancockregional.org or our Facebook page.
About Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital
Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent (PMCH) is a full service, dedicated children’s medical center, providing the highest quality, family-centered care to children and adolescents in the state of Indiana and beyond. PMCH has more than 160 licensed beds, which includes a 15-bed pediatric intensive care unit, 17-bed Pediatric Emergency Department and a 99-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) – the largest Level IV NICU in Indiana, providing the highest level of acute care, as established by the American Academy of Pediatrics. PMCH treats patients from all over the state, providing safe and streamlined critical care transport by ambulance and air. The hospital offers 24-hour on-site coverage by pediatric hospitalists, intensivists, neonatologists, and board-certified emergency physicians. PMCH is staffed by more than 100 experienced pediatric sub-specialists along with pediatric nurses, social workers, child life specialists, chaplains, and other health professionals with a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to family-focused care. PMCH is part of Ascension, one of the nation’s leading non-profit and Catholic health systems. Visit www.peytonmanningch.org