St. Clair Hospital HouseCall Vol VI Issue 3
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HouseCallST. CLAIR HOSPITAL FAMILY BIRTH CENTER
Delivering Generations ofPittsburghers for 60 Years
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Three generations of the Chiappetta family of Mt. Lebanon
Family birth center
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The St. Clair Family Birth Center: delivering babies since 1954
When St. Clair Hospital opened its doors in 1954, those doors ledstraight to the Maternity Department, right off the main lobby onthe First Floor. The placement of the department in such a primespot reflected its significance to the brand new hospital, which was initially
developed to provide emergency care, medical-surgical care, and maternity
care to the people of the South Hills. Women would no longer need to be driven
long distances to have their babies; they could have them close to home, in
their own neighborhood. It was the fulfillment of a dream for the people of
the South Hills.
Sixty years later, St. Clair Hospital still places a high priority on offering
the best quality obstetrical care to the women of the community. Over the
decades, many things have changed in the care of mothers and babies, but
St. Clairs commitment to providing high quality obstetrical services stands
stronger than ever. The maternity unit of 1954 has undergone relocations
and transformations, evolving into the freshly renovated, sparkling, state-of-
the-art Family Birth Center that now welcomes more than 1,400 newborns
a year into the world.
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At St. Clair Hospitals Family Birth Center, no birth is routine, and no baby is ordinary.
Every delivery is a miracle, and every baby, a wonder to behold. In the Family Birth
Center, the care is outstanding, and the environment matches the beauty of the work
that takes place there. It is an exceptional, special place within the Hospital, artfully
designed to blend the comforts of home with the clinical safety and quality of a first rate,
award-winning medical facility. For families of newborns, the Family Birth Center at
St. Clair Hospital is a place of welcome.
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clinical excellence comes First
At St. Clairs Family Birth Center, clinical excellence and patient safety
come first. A highly credentialed team of board-certified obstetricians and
pediatricians, plus a team of expert nurses, provides the highest quality,
advanced care to mothers and babies. The Family Birth Center staff prides
itself on its outstanding record of safe deliveries and healthy newborns.
For obstetrician Stephanie S. Brown, M.D., St. Clair is an ideal facility
for childbirth. St. Clair is a very safe place to have a baby, she says.
We have excellent outcomes.
St. Clair is distinctive among hospitals for the quality and range of
pediatric services that complement the excellent obstetric department.
Since 1994, St. Clair has had 24-hour, in-house pediatric coverage, led by
Dayle B. Griffin, M.D., a board-certified pediatric hospitalist, plus a team
of pediatricians with advanced training. A pediatrician attends every
C-section, premature birth, and high-risk birth, such as the delivery of
multiples, and manages the care of the infants who require care in the
Family Birth Centers Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The
NICU has a nurse-baby ratio of 1:1 to 1:3, depending on acuity, and a
maximum of six babies, who may need antibiotics, oxygen, monitoring,
or more time to grow. Every infant born at St. Clair receives a hearing
screening and CCHD screening, a simple yet extremely important test
that helps in the early identification of critical
congenital heart defects.
I think so highly of Dr. Griffin and
her team, says obstetrician
Tera S. Conway, M.D. Knowing that
an excellent pediatrician is always
here, immediately available, gives
comfort to parents and enhances
our quality of care.
Dr. Griffin takes pride in the high quality of pediatric services at
St. Clair. Our team of expert pediatric hospitalists provides round-the-clock
coverage, so families can feel confident that their baby is in good hands
and that any problems that might arise will be skillfully managed, she
says. We have 70 pediatricians on staff here who come to St. Clair to
provide care for their newborn patients; our hospitalists stay in contact
with them to assure a smooth transition from the Hospital. Its important
to all of us that our mothers take home healthy babies. Our entire team of
obstetricians, nurses, pediatric hospitalists, and community pediatricians
works toward that goal.
First rate Facilities and a Warm, safe environment
The Family Birth Center features 11 LDRP (labor, delivery, recovery,
postpartum) rooms, plus eight post-partum rooms that blend beauty and
functionality. The rooms are ingeniously designed to camouflage the
technology without sacrificing safety or efficiency, and are fully equipped
for emergencies. The transformation from labor room to delivery room
happens expeditiously, and most of the time, the new family stays together
in the same room. According to Linda McIntyre, RN, MSN, director of
Women and Children Services, the Family Birth Center environment is
both aesthetically pleasing and therapeutic. We have a beautiful
environment with spacious rooms that are almost twice the size of the
average hospital room. The dcor is homelike and tranquil, with the
amenities of a hotel and the clinical safety of a hospital. Our unit is
private and secure.
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Family birth center
14 obstetricians deliver babies Reputation for overall excellence Highly credentialed obstetricians and nurses Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Leading-edge labor and delivery suites 24-hour pediatrician coverage
The Family Birth Center at St. Clair
New parents Catherine O'Hara, M.D. and Benjamin Susco, M.D.brought son Nathan back to the Family Birth Center to showhim to staff, including Sharon Johnson, RNC, clinical supervisorof the FBC, and Linda McIntyre, RN, MSN, director of Womenand Children Services.
All of the Hospitals LDRP rooms blend beauty and functionality.
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The Family Birth Center offers a warm embrace to newborn families,
with the reassurance of a highly competent, experienced, and caring
nursing staff. If you have your baby at St. Clair Hospital, you will receive
care that is clinically excellent, personalized, and family centered. Youll
leave here feeling confident that you can take care of your baby. Youll feel
supported every step of the way, promises Sharon Johnson, RNC,
clinical supervisor of the Family Birth Center. Sharon knows of what she
speaks: she has 32 years of obstetric nursing experience and gave birth
to all three of her own children at St. Clair. Our professional team is our
greatest asset. We have the best nursing staff and great obstetricians.
The nurses are all RNs and are cross-trained to care for both mothers
and babies. We have a sub-group of nurses who are Level II neonatal
nurses, able to stabilize and care for babies with special needs. We have
great depth of experience on our staff and nursing education is a constant.
Women in labor receive one-to-one nursing care, and as often as
possible, continuity is provided by having the same nurse provide
postpartum care for the mother and her baby. Mothers receive thorough
education in infant care and feeding, and strong support for breastfeeding,
according to Sharon. We have lactation consultants on staff and we
promote the benefits of breastfeeding. We also have breastfeeding
classes and a support group. We encourage skin-to-skin contact at
delivery, and first-day pumping. Our lactation consultants are available
to mothers after discharge, and our staff nurses are available 24/7 by
phone to answer parents questions.
Sharon says that obstetric nursing is uniquely rewarding. Theres
a bond between the nurse and the parents. Helping a couple through
childbirth is an intense and intimate experience; it means something
to the parents that you were there helping them at this incredibly
important event. It can be emotional: when you see a father crying at
delivery, when you place a baby in a mothers arms for the first time.
You cant help but be moved. Emotion is part of the job.
Dr. Griffin says that the Family Birth Centers phenomenal nurses
are versatile, dedicated, and committed to excellence. Our nurses take
time with the mothers and give them personal care and individualized
teaching. It makes a difference.n
NEW MOM CATHERINE OHARA, M.D.,HOSPITALIST IN INTERNAL MEDICINE,ST. CLAIR HOSPITAL
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