Each year 1,200 babies are delivered at the Mon Health Birth Center. To improve care for the increasing need, Mon Health Medical Center will be partnering with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
This will provide enhanced pediatric services for the healthcare provider’s youngest patients who need specialized care.
“Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is one of the best children’s hospitals in America,” said Darryl Duncan, President and CEO of Mon Health Medical Center. “I think for the last eight years in a row they’ve been in the honor roll for U.S. News & World Report, so we’re excited to be working with them.”
Working with the hospital will bring that same level of care to West Virginia patients, without them leaving the state.
“For our patients it means we’re gonna have enhanced services right here in West Virginia, close to home,” Duncan explained. “We’re gonna reduce the number of times a patient has to be transferred out of here. Our goal is to make sure we can have safe care, more comprehensive care and never really have to transfer mom or baby anywhere.”
Neonatologists and nurse practitioners will work alongside Mon Health’s physicians and nurses to provide care in the newborn nursery and eventually in the emergency department and inpatient unit.
“Currently we deliver babies here that have made 36 weeks gestation and above,” Duncan continued. “Our goal with this new partnership is to go all the way down to 32 weeks, so mom and baby wouldn’t have to go anywhere as long as they make that 32 week mark.”
The partnership will being in the spring of 2018.
“This is the fastest growing OB program in North Central West Virginia and I think we do a very very good job,” Duncan said. “Our nursing care here is excellent. This is where you want to have that uh first experience as a mom, right here at Mon Health Medical Center and I think it’s a really special time.”