What is our Level II Nursery?
Summit Healthcare’s Level II Nursery is certified by the Arizona Perinatal Trust as a Level II Perinatal Care Center. A special team of skilled physicians, neonatal nurse practitioners, and nurses provide 24- hour care for your baby in a nurturing, compassionate, and family friendly setting. The staff in the nursery cares for infants who need special care, including those with respiratory and feeding difficulties or those requiring antibiotic and IV therapy. The Level II Nursery is fully equipped with monitors, bed warmers and isolettes.
The Level II Nursery provides care for babies born at 35 weeks gestation and above or who need close monitoring or special care after birth prior to going home. Care we provide to babies in the Level II Nursery is:
- Supplemental oxygen
- Babies in respiratory distress
- Babies with infections or suspected infection
- Babies in need of IV or special medications
- Babies experiencing hyperbilirubinemia
- Babies in need of extra assistance with feeding
Level II Nursery works closely with families teaching them about any special care that may be needed prior to discharge home.
In addition to the Level II Nursery, Summit Healthcare has also partnered with Neonatology Associates to have a full time 24/7/365 neonatal telemedicine consultation. The telemedicine program will bring technology to the mountain that will provide, for example, the opportunity for a Neonatologist to view the infant via monitor, all while listening to breath sounds and “looking” at the ears through an Otoscope. This can help in the diagnosis of cleft palate or cleft lip and assist the physician in determining if the infant needs surgical intervention.
Sarah Basinger, Director of Women and Infant Services talks about Summit Healthcare’s Level II Nursery designation by the Arizona Perinatal Trust certifies Summit Healthcare’s nursery to care for permature babies which allows families to be involved in the care of their newborn. Mom and baby do not need to leave the mountain to receive care.