July 13, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Denver, Colo., - July 10, 2017 - Presbyterian /St. Luke's Medical Center(P/SL) in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC) at P/SL, surpasses all Colorado hospitals surveyed in meeting high-risk-pregnancy care and delivery standards, a recent report by The Leapfrog Group found.
The Washington-D.C.-based consumer information group surveys more than 1,800 hospitals across the country each year as part of its mission to boost hospital safety and performance. Its report singled P/SL out as the only hospital in the state to fully meet its highest standards in two categories: maternal processes of care and high-risk delivery outcomes.
"Our aim is always on advancing our training and equipment so that we can have the end result we continually strive for: happy, healthy families."
High-risk pregnancies present a serious healthcare challenge that requires highly specialized medical care. In the past 30 years, rising obesity rates, increasing maternal age, and advanced fertility treatments have all contributed to an increase in issues that can turn a happy time into a scary ordeal for expectant families.
"Being recognized as the top Colorado hospital in exceeding these standards of care is an honor," said Maureen Tarrant, president and chief executive officer at P/SL and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. "We have the best experts in the region to care for moms and babies. Our aim is always on advancing our training and equipment so that we can have the end result we continually strive for: happy, healthy families"
At P/SL and the Center for Maternal Fetal Health at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, a group of board-certified perinatologists (specialists in pregnancy complications) has delivered more than 50,000 high-risk babies during the past 30 years. "We have the experience, providing the Denver area with high-risk-pregnancy care longer than anyone else in the region," said founder Dr. Richard Porreco. Nationally recognized for their pioneering efforts, the team of specialists perform intricate, life-saving surgeries on tiny preemies and fetuses in utero. "We also have the specialized staff at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children and support for our families' continued care after delivery at P/SL."
P/SL and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children is the only hospital in the state able to care for high-risk moms and newborns under one roof, alleviating the need for traumatic separation of mother and baby.
Once the high-risk team delivers a baby there is no need for the baby to be transported in an ambulance or helicopter. The baby stays close to mom in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). It is located immediately adjacent to our newly opened Mom and Baby Unit with bigger rooms for families. Our Level IV NICU is equipped and staffed to care for the sickest and tiniest of infants and is the largest Level IV NICU in the entire Rocky Mountain region.
"Taking care of mom and taking care of baby in a high-risk situation, under one roof differentiates us from other institutions," Porreco said. "Having our Level IV and Level II NICU's literally adjacent to our new post-partum unit keeps families close together. That's always our goal," Porreco said. "That's just what we do." #AmazingTogether