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Monica Buchanan, Director of Corporate Communications
Hartford & Bridgeport, CT – Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and St. Vincent’s Medical Center announced today a new community alliance that will enhance neonatal care for families locally. Under the agreement, Connecticut Children’s neonatologists will provide 24/7 physician coverage for the St. Vincent’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This collaboration reflects an ongoing investment by St. Vincent’s to expand services for mothers and children and is consistent with Connecticut Children’s mission of providing world-class pediatric care close to home.
“Connecticut Children’s partnership with St. Vincent’s Medical Center will deliver highly skilled neonatology care to premature or critically ill newborns in the area,” said Jim Shmerling, DHA, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. “We know that our shared commitment to medical excellence will ensure that the highly specialized pediatric care delivered to babies with the most complex conditions will be second to none.”
St. Vincent’s Family Birthing Center (FBC) offers comprehensive services for mothers and babies, including 24-hour in-house obstetrics, anesthesia and pediatrics. The FBC supports all birthing experiences and choices – from low-risk midwifery care provided within the birthing center to caring for the highest risk pregnancies. St. Vincent’s was the first hospital in Fairfield County to be awarded designation as a Baby-Friendly Hospital by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) through their global Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in 2010.
“This new affiliation with Connecticut Children’s Medical Center completes us by ensuring neonatal specialists are in place to provide around-the-clock physician staffing within our NICU, ”said Daniel S. Gottschall, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, St. Vincent’s Medical Center.
This designation means St. Vincent’s certified Level III NICU is equipped with the most advanced medical facilities and a highly trained staff who are experts at providing the best care for high risk newborns. For those babies who require a more intense level of care, the alliance ensures that St. Vincent’s patients will have direct access to Connecticut Children’s highest level NICU in Hartford.
About Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is the only hospital in Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the care of children and is ranked by U.S. News & World Report and Women’s Choice as one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation. With a medical staff of more than 1,000, Connecticut Children’s provides comprehensive, world-class health care in more than 30 pediatric specialties and subspecialties. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is a not-for-profit organization, which serves as the primary pediatric teaching hospital for the UConn School of Medicine, has a teaching partnership with the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University and is a research partner of The Jackson Laboratory. Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health is a national leader in community-based prevention and wellness programs.
About St. Vincent’s Medical Center
Founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1903, St. Vincent’s Medical Center is a mission-driven organization committed to exceptional health care for all with special attention to persons living in poverty and those who are most vulnerable. St. Vincent’s, with more than 3,200 associates, includes a licensed 473-bed community teaching hospital, a 76-bed inpatient psychiatric facility in Westport, a large multispecialty provider group, and St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services. St. Vincent’s was awarded the Nursing Magnet® Recognition, the highest national award for nursing excellence. In 2013, St. Vincent’s Medical Center was named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America, and has been recognized by both the Joint Commission and OSHA as a model of a highly reliable organization dedicated to patient safety. The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer awarded St. Vincent’s an Outstanding Achievement Award with Accreditation in 2012, and it also has earned its designation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancer. St. Vincent’s Medical Center is part of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system. For more information on programs and services, visit www.stvincents.org.
Monica Buchanan, Director, Corporate Communications
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