St. Vincent’s partners with CCMC on neonatal care

April 5, 2018 GMT

A partnership between Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and St. Vincent’s Medical Center is expected to boost the health care offerings for mothers and babies.

The two organizations announced Thursday an agreement where Connecticut Children’s neonatologists will provide 24/7 physician coverage for the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Vincent’s in Bridgeport.

“This new affiliation with Connecticut Children’s Medical Center completes us by ensuring neonatal specialists are in place to provide around-the-clock physician staffing within our NICU, ” said Daniel S. Gottschall, St. Vincent’s senior vice president and chief clinical officer, in a press release.

Under the agreement, CCMC’s neonatologists will provide physician coverage for St. Vincent’s, and patients will have direct access to CCMC’s NICU in Hartford.

St. Vincent’s provides a variety of services for mothers and babies through its family birthing center, offering 24-hour in-house obstetrics, anesthesia, pediatrics and more.

“Connecticut Children’s partnership with St. Vincent’s Medical Center will deliver highly skilled neonatology care to premature or critically ill newborns in the area,” said Jim Shmerling, president and CEO of CCMC, in a news release. “We know that our shared commitment to medical excellence will ensure that the highly specialized pediatric care delivered to babies with the most complex conditions will be second to none.”

Last month, Missouri-based Acension, St. Vincent’s owner, signed an agreement for the hospital and most of its holdings to be acquired by Hartford HealthCare.