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Elmhurst Memorial Hospital’s Family Birthing Center Achieves Extended Capabilities

For immediate release, May 17, 2012

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Shauna Schuda
, Public Relations Specialist, 630-993-5604

    For immediate release, May 31, 2012

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Shauna Schuda
, Public Relations Specialist, 630-993-5604

ELMHURST – More than one in 10 babies born worldwide are born prematurely, says the first ever country-by-country report, Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth.For infants with special needs, families can rely on Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, which was recently designated by the State of Illinois as a level II with extended capabilities perinatal facility.

 “Having extended capabilities means our Family Birthing Centerhas the clinical expertise and equipment to care for premature infants of 30 or more weeks gestation and weighing as little as 2 pounds, 12 ounces. In addition, those infants that need assisted ventilation for extended periods can be cared for closer to home,” said Dr. Rom M. Kopparthi, Medical Director of Neonatology at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital and member of Advocate Neonatology Group from Advocate Lutheran General Children’s MedicalCenter.  “Many women now wait to have babies until their late 30s or early 40s, a high risk age for pregnancy. Now more than ever, it is critical to continue to provide excellent medical care and add a personal caring touch to the family centered care.” 

Level II with extended neonatal capabilities is one of the advanced levels of care that a birthing center can achieve. In order to obtain this status, hospitals must comply with a strict set of standards developed by the Illinois Department of Public Health Joint Committee of Administrative Rules.

“Our Special Care Nursery is state of the art, with all the newest technology and equipment necessary to support our smallest patients with a human touch. Our specially trained staff encourages parents to participate in caring for their infant with our private special care nursery rooms that provides a sleeping area for the parent in a quiet healing environment,” said Roma Allen, director of women’s and children’s services at Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare. “Our goal is that parents feel a part of their infant’s care from the moment they are born and feel ready to care for them upon discharge, even those infant’s who require a little extra help following birth”

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