Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases and the increased rate of transmission in the region, several Conemaugh Health System facilities will be enforcing a limited visitor policy.
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Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center offers the highest level of care for premature and ill newborns through its Level 3 Regional Intensive Care Nursery. The unit provides medical, surgical, and pulmonary care.
When baby arrives in the Regional Intensive Care Nursery, diagnostic studies and treatment begin immediately. Many times, a newborn's organs are not mature enough to sustain life. It may be necessary to intervene with life-support systems until baby gains enough strength to survive without medical assistance. Conemaugh's RICN staff explains each piece of equipment and its purpose to parents.
Families and friends are welcome to spend time with a new mother and her baby. A nurse will instruct visitors how to properly wash hands before each visit. For safety reasons, visitors must sign in before entering the nursery. There may be times when visitors need to wait before entering the nursery, or may be asked to leave, during medical emergencies or procedures. The nursing staff will provide additional information.
Visitors are limited to two at the bedside - one parent and one visitor. Hospital policy requires that children must be over the age of 13 to visit, unless a sibling. Staff members are not permitted to discuss the infant's condition with visitors. Visitors are not permitted to hold, feed, or touch the infant unless a parent or grandparent.
Babies in the Regional Intensive Care Nursery are discharged when they no longer have emergent medical issues and have reached the following milestones:
Preparation for your baby's discharge begins early during hospital stay. Parents are taught all aspects of baby's care and written instructions will be included in baby's discharge information.