|Mercy Hospital Re-Designated as Level II Perinatal Care Facility|
News Release: January 19, 2015
Mercy Hospital Re-Designated as Level II Perinatal Care Facility
Chicago, IL: Mercy Hospital and Medical has been re-designated as a Level 2 E Perinatal Facility with Extended Capabilities by the Illinois Department of Public Health. In order to obtain this status, hospitals are required to comply with a strict set of standards developed by the Illinois Department of Public Health Joint Committee of Administrative Rules.
The designation means Mercy Hospital has the necessary qualifications to care for women who have the potential or likelihood for complicated or high risk deliveries, as well as newborns that may require specialized services. This includes premature infants born in addition to full-term newborns with breathing difficulties, jaundice, or other medical conditions that require an intermediate level of care.
“Essentially this designation allows us to care for moms and babies who require a higher level of care,” says Dr. Cheryl Wolfe, Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology. “Our nursery staff is available 24 hours a day to ensure that both mothers and babies receive compassionate care and privacy."
During an onsite visit this past November, The Illinois Department of Public Health acknowledged the team for demonstration to excellence in the following areas: achievement of NCC Electronic Fetal Monitoring certification for our Physicians and Nurses; exceptional community awareness within the population that we serve; ongoing staff education programs and staff development; a 24 hour, 7 day a week dedicated OB Anesthesia; and the ongoing OB and Neonatal quality initiatives.
To learn more about the Family Birth Center at Mercy visit www.mercy-chicago.org/pregnancy.
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