OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center Adds Neonatology Services
As part of its commitment to the Bloomington-Normal region, OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center is excited to announce that neonatology services will be added to the Birthing Center, beginning in September of 2017.
Neonatology coverage will be provided around the clock by experienced neonatology experts from OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois, delivering the most advanced care to premature and high-risk infants.
“This expands the scope of services provided at St. Joseph,” said Dr. James Hocker, Neonatology Division Head at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois. “It not only allows more babies to stay in the community and not be separated from their mothers, but it also provides for a more prompt response to emergencies.”
OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois Neonatology is ranked in the top 50 among neonatology programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. It is a known and reputable facility for providers and parents alike, located only 45 minutes away for newborns who need to be transferred.
OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois neonatal providers will minimize clinical variation, support high quality care at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, and provide safe stabilization and transfer should the patient need to be transferred to OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois.
“Despite the presence of neonatal providers at OSF St. Joseph, some babies will require a transfer to OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois. Hopefully the parents will find some comfort in the fact that the same group of providers caring for their newborn at OSF St. Joseph will continue to provide care at OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois,” said Dr. Hocker.
Along with Maternal Fetal Medicine, OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois currently has four subspecialties that hold clinics in Bloomington -- cardiology, general surgery, urology and gastroenterology.
OSF HealthCare Children's Hospital of Illinois is the third largest pediatric hospital in Illinois and the only full service tertiary hospital for kids downstate. With 104 beds and more than 115 pediatric subspecialists, Children's Hospital cares for more children in Illinois than any hospital outside of Chicago. Formally established as a pediatric hospital within the walls of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in 1990, Children's Hospital has over 6,000 admissions; 2,500 newborn deliveries, and 18,000 emergency department visits each year. More at www.childrenshospitalofillinois.org