Lutheran Hospital and Dupont Hospital Receive Level III Obstetric Care and Level III Neonatal Care Certification from the Indiana State Department of Health
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (July 31, 2020) - Dupont Hospital and Lutheran Hospital have been certified as Level III centers for both obstetric and neonatal care by the Indiana State Department of Health. These certifications recognize the hospitals for providing quality care for complex maternal and fetal conditions with attention to high-risk obstetric and newborn care.
“The hospital staff, physicians and administration are very pleased to achieve Level III status,” said Keith Davis, MD, obstetrician and Lutheran Health Network Medical Director of Maternal-Fetal Transport. “These certifications affirm the processes our hospitals have in place as they care for babies needing advanced care at birth."
In 2019, the Indiana State Department of Health established a program to certify the perinatal levels of care available at birthing facilities across the state. A Level III certification signifies that a hospital is equipped to care for complex maternal medical conditions and obstetric complications, as well as infants requiring neonatal intensive care.
“It is our honor and responsibility to care for mothers and babies, and this certification is an example of the higher level of care available to our community,” said Lorenzo Suter, CEO, Dupont Hospital.
Both hospitals were notified of the designation after satisfying the requirements for an Obstetrics Level of Care III and a Neonatal Level of Care III facility. These requirements include 24-hour in-house availability of a neonatologist and obstetrician, in addition to other support services.
“The Level III certification recognizes the high acuity care we provide. We understand the unique needs of mothers and infants with complex needs and we have the resources and expertise to support them and their families”,” said Brady Dubois, CEO, Lutheran Hospital.
To learn more about the neonatal and obstetrical services offered at both Dupont Hospital and Lutheran Hospital, visit: lutheranhealth.net/birthplaces.