Special Care for Special Patients

The Little Company of Mary prides itself on offering superior care through all of its departments and in September of 2008, the hospital had the opportunity to illustrate that unique care through the Family Birth Center.

First-time mom Jennifer Kinnane was pregnant with twins and had developed preeclampsia, a dangerous pregnancy-related condition that puts the mother’s life at risk. Kinnane gave birth at only 31 weeks, leaving her son Declan weighing a tiny 4 pounds and her daughter Caitlin at a mere 2 pounds and 4 ounces. Their delicate condition would require the twins to spend nearly six weeks at Little Company of Mary’s Special Care Nursery.

“It was a very scary situation for me and my husband, but the nurses were fantastic and the neonatologists were wonderful,” she said. “I had days where I would get down and start to cry, but they were always very supportive and positive. I can’t say enough about them.”

While Little Company of Mary has always been thought of as “the baby hospital,” many do not realize that the hospital also provides quality care for sick and premature babies.

Infants in need of special care are admitted into the hospital’s Level II+ Special Care Nursery, which has the latest technology and advanced capabilities. The Nursery is a member of the premier University of Chicago Hospital Perinatal Network and has more than five neonatal specialists on hand 24 hours a day.

In addition to neonatal specialists, Little Company of Mary’s own pediatric specialists and consulting physicians ensure each and every baby receives the specialized care he or she needs.

“We’ve always been known as a ‘high-touch’ place for moms and babies,” said Mary Grimm, R.N., nurse manager for material child services. “A lot of people don’t realize we also have many experts who provide great high-tech care with the latest innovations.”

The Campus Transformation Project will allow the Family Birth Center to stretch its wings even further and extend its ability to provide family-focused care. Once redesigned, the unit will reside in the new Center for Women’s Life and Health and will offer all laboring moms a spacious private room and private bath as well as plenty of room for visiting spouses and other family. The Special Care Nursery will provide a private area for each baby and family and a place for parents to consult with physicians beyond the distractions of a traditional neonatal intensive care nursery.

For more information on how you can contribute to The Campus Transformation Project, visit our web site.

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