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Wheeling Hospital plans to create Special Care Nursery

Updated: Thursday, June 12 2014, 01:35 PM EDT
WHEELING, W.Va. – Wheeling Hospital has unveiled its plan to create a Special Care Nursery for premature and seriously ill babies, thanks to a partnership with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP) of UPMC.
The partnership includes a CHP neonatologist holding full-time office hours at Wheeling Hospital, as well as the ability to use telemedicine (two-way video) 24 hours per day to discuss patient care with CHP neonatal staff in Pittsburgh.
A neonatologist is specially trained to handle the most complex and high-risk situations involving premature babies and those with serious illness, injury or birth defect.
“Area residents should have access to health care locally,” hospital Chief Executive Officer Ron Violi said. “We have been very successful in creating specialty care services and attracting specialists here so that patients of all ages and their loved ones do not have the financial burden and stress of traveling to distant hospitals for care.
“In regard to children, we have made tremendous advancements in expanding our pediatric services and a Special Care Nursery will enhance our care of infants needing specialty care. We have the staff and facilities to support the expertise of Children’s Hospital, which is consistently ranked among the top 10 best pediatric hospitals in the nation.”
Dr. Judy Romano, Wheeling Hospital’s Center for Pediatrics director, has been working closely with CHP on the Special Care Nursery project.
“We offer the broadest services for children in the region, including a large staff of pediatricians, pediatric surgery, psychiatry, endocrinology and a rehabilitation center,” Romano said. “The Special Care Nursery will enable us to now focus on the most vulnerable newborns.”
Dr. David Mosman, chair of Wheeling Hospital’s Pediatrics Department, said, “It’s frustrating to see a newborn placed in an ambulance or medical helicopter and rushed to a far off hospital for a problem we could handle here with a neonatologist’s guidance. As a group, we are grateful for the expertise provided by Children’s Hospital.
“It will be heartwarming for newborn infants and their families to have the opportunity to stay close to home for specialty care.”  
This will be the third time in the past four years the two hospitals have worked together to enhance pediatric care in the Upper Ohio Valley. In early 2010, CHP opened its Children’s Hospital Specialty Care Center Wheeling at Wheeling Hospital to provide specialized care. Several years later, CHP began providing pediatric surgery at Wheeling Hospital.
Wheeling Hospital created its Center for Pediatrics in September 2008 with five pediatricians. It now has nine pediatricians and board-certified specialists in adolescent psychiatry, pediatric surgery, pediatric endocrinology and pediatric rehabilitation in physical, speech and occupational therapy.
CHP has been named consistently to several elite lists of pediatric health care facilities, including its number 10 ranking in the nation for Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News and World Report. It also is ranked 8th in the U.S. in neonatal care.
Renowned for its outstanding clinical services, research programs and medical education, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has helped establish the standards of excellence in pediatric care. From ambulatory care to transplantation and cardiac care, talented and committed pediatric experts care for infants, children and adolescents who make more than 500,000 visits to CHP and its many neighborhood locations each year.

Wheeling Hospital plans to create Special Care Nursery

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