Baptist Health Paducah: The Importance of NICU Transport
The importance of having a NICU Transport locally gives families stability and support they may not otherwise get. Learn more at Baptist Health in Paducah.
The Importance of NICU Transport in Paducah, KY HealthTalks Transcript
Amelia Warden, Paducah, Kentucky:
I had just had my first and only baby shower on March 16. On March 17, I went into preterm labor and ended up having to deliver Shaffer at 32 weeks. There was a need for him to come to Baptist [Health], and they had the ability because of the NICU transport team.
Ed O’Neill, MD, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine:
What a Level 3 NICU means for a hospital like Baptist Health Paducah is that we can keep babies here that a Level 2 can’t keep. We can keep babies on ventilators longer. We can go down to a lower gestational age of an infant. We can keep sicker babies here locally, versus in the past, we’d have to send them out to a Level 3 or Level 4 nursery.
It was really hard to leave the hospital, and to be rolled out of the hospital in a wheelchair with no baby. Having a baby is stressful, and then having a baby that requires NICU care is even more stressful. The ability to stay locally gives a family the sense of stability that they need during one of the most critical times in their lives. Our family is very thankful that the community saw the need for a NICU 10 years ago and has continued to make the investment in the NICU to make it what it is today. Shaffer’s a happy and healthy, growing, 2-year-old boy. He’s a pure joy to have as a little boy.
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