New joint program for high-risk pregnant women and their babies
Jul 16, 2010 - 4:00:00 AM
The Children's Hospital and the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) have finalized an agreement to jointly establish a center for advanced maternal fetal medicine offering state-of-the-art care for high-risk pregnant women and their babies.
The two leading academic medical centers have individually provided such services for more than three decades, and by building on already existing adult and pediatric expertise, they together will be able to provide unparalleled care and treatment for the region's most at-risk moms and babies.
The rapid development of technology and clinical innovation now enables caregivers to not only diagnose but also provide intervention for certain medical conditions before a baby is born. The ability to provide such interventions can reduce, and in some cases eliminate, the adverse consequences of many chronic diseases.
The new center initially will focus on babies needing highly-specialized surgical care within 72 hours of birth, and both mother and baby will be cared for at The Children's Hospital. Under the unique program, mothers who are carrying high-risk babies may receive their outpatient care and ultimately deliver at The Children's Hospital starting in early 2011. UCH will continue treating other serious neonatal conditions and high-risk mothers while also offering its routine labor and delivery services to more than 3,000 families each year.
The unique collaboration of research, education and clinical care that exists on the Anschutz Medical Campus allows for rapid clinical intervention by some of the most renowned providers in the world. Our multidisciplinary approach ensures the best possible outcomes for mother and child, said Children's President and CEO Jim Shmerling. Often, when it comes to treating these tiny patients, timing is everything.
This center will offer personalized support services to families that are unique to this region, including a Perinatal Mental Health Program to support mothers with post partum depression and a Fetal Concerns Program to provide support and education to families who have learned their unborn baby has a medical condition.
The high-risk mother-baby program in particular provides unparalleled care and treatment for mothers and their babies while offering them access to more coordinated medical specialties than any other program in the Rocky Mountain region, said Bruce Schroffel, president and CEO of University of Colorado Hospital. Formalizing the program recognizes the superior care that comes with combining the talents of the medical teams at both hospitals and proves to be an example of the unique specialty programs found only at the Anschutz Medical Campus, a point of destination for excellence in patient care, education and research.
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