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  • Lake Regional expands nursery services

  • A recent change at Lake Regional Family Birth Center means more lake-area families can choose to deliver close to home.
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  • A recent change at Lake Regional Family Birth Center means more lake-area families can choose to deliver close to home.
     On Aug. 1, the Family Birth Center began providing Level II nursery service. This higher level of service designation allows the team to care for infants requiring antibiotics, IV fluids, respiratory support, and much more. As a result, babies are only transferred to another facility if they require neonatal intensive care.
     “We have a team of expert doctors and nurses at the hospital ready to care for mothers and newborns 24 hours a day,” said Josh Brickner, D.O., a pediatric and internal medicine hospitalist at Lake Regional. “We want the community to know that Lake Regional cares for children of all ages, starting at birth.”
     According to Family Birth Center Nurse Manager Mary Lou Gamm, RNC-OB, recruiting additional physicians to that team was the key to expanding newborn services. Dedicated, 24-hour hospitalist coverage by Dr. Brickner, who joined Lake Regional in 2013, and Rosy Herath, M.D., who joined the team in May 2014, allows the unit to manage the care of higher-acuity babies.
     “It’s not often that we need to transport a baby to another facility,” Dr. Brickner said. “But, every baby is important to us. Providing additional acute care services helps ensure babies born at Lake Regional get the healthiest start possible. Staying at Lake Regional also means they can begin bonding with their families right away.”
    Nearly 600 babies are born each year at Lake Regional Health System’s Family Birth Center, which also offers prenatal care classes, prepared childbirth classes for first-time parents and breast-feeding support. To learn more, visit lakeregional.com/OB. To learn more about Drs. Brickner and Herath, visit lakeregional.com/physicians.

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