January 02, 2019
Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center gains top recognition for high-risk maternal care
A recent nationwide survey on quality of care for our hospital's most vulnerable maternity patients recognized Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center, in conjunction with Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, for its stellar performance in treating high-risk mothers and babies. The Leapfrog Group report singled us out as the only Colorado hospital in its annual survey to exceed its highest standards for high-risk patient care and deliveries.
"Our aim has always been on providing the best experts in the field in the most advanced settings, bringing our patient families optimal results."
With our nationally-recognized Center for Maternal Fetal Health, Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, our staff succeeds each day in providing expert, comprehensive care for the hundreds of families who walk through our doors each year, scared and confused, their worlds turned upside down by a diagnosis that threatens the lives of mother or baby.
"Our aim has always been on providing the best experts in the field in the most advanced settings, bringing our patient families optimal results," said President and CEO Maureen Tarrant. "Our high-risk patient families have two goals: finding expert medical care and experiencing successful deliveries. With 1,200 past patients and families attending our most recent NICU Reunion, offering us their heartfelt thanks, we know we are doing our jobs right."
High-risk pregnancies present a serious healthcare challenge that requires highly specialized care. In the past 30 years, rising obesity rates, increasing maternal age, and advanced fertility treatments have all contributed to an increase in high-risk complications. These families suddenly have what should be a happy time turn into a trying ordeal, often with months in the hospital.
Our founding team of the Center for Maternal Fetal Health, Drs. Richard Porreco, Jeffrey Hanson and Steve Rothenberg, is nationally recognized for its pioneering efforts in minimally-invasive surgeries, performing intricate, life-saving procedures on preemies and on fetuses in utero. Our 84-bed NICU staff is trained to care for the tiniest and sickest preemies, making P/SL the only hospital in the state where high-risk mothers and babies do not have to be separated upon birth.
"Our patients become like family," said Medical Director Dr. Porreco, whose team has delivered more than 50,000 high-risk babies during the past 30 years. "When you care for these families with mom often hospitalized throughout pregnancy and baby spending the first weeks of life in a NICU, care becomes a collaborative effort with doctors, nurses and parents. By coming together, we can do amazing things."