Friday, December 4, 2015

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Chambersburg Hospital has announced plans to open a Level II Newborn Intensive Care Unit within Family Birthing Services this January.

President and CEO of Summit Health, Pat O’Donnell said this addition to Chambersburg Hospital will offer a service that’s much needed in the community.

“Having a NICU at Chambersburg Hospital will allow us to care for perhaps the most fragile members of our community, close to home,” he said.  “We want local families to know we are here for them in the event their newborn may need a little extra care.”

A neonatologist will work alongside specially trained nurses and staff in the NICU.  Equipped with the latest technology, the NICU will allow babies born as early as 32 weeks gestation or babies with unexpected medical complications to be treated at Chambersburg Hospital for the first time.

“We are excited to bring this special care unit to Chambersburg Hospital,” said Teresa Chaires, director of patient services for Family Birthing Services at Chambersburg Hospital.

“We hope it will be a comfort to mothers-to-be in the area that they can receive this special care from experienced providers, right here in their local community.”

Babies born earlier than 32 weeks may be transferred out, but could come back to Chambersburg Hospital once they are older and more stable as they continue to grow, allowing them to be closer to parents.

For more information on the NICU, please click here.

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