The Journal Gazette
Thursday, July 30, 2020 1:00 am


2 hospitals get perinatal designation

Staff, news services

Dupont Hospital and Lutheran Hospital have been certified as Level III Perinatal Care facilities by the Indiana State Department of Health, Lutheran Health Network announced Wednesday.

The certification recognizes the hospitals for providing quality care for complex maternal and fetal conditions with attention to high-risk obstetric and newborn care, a news release said.

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.

Dupont and Lutheran hospitals were notified of the designation after satisfying the requirements for an Obstetrics Level of Care III and Neonatal Level of Care III facility. The requirements include 24-hour in-house availability of a neonatologist and obstetrician, in addition to other support services.

Parkview Regional Medical Center announced in January it received Level III certification for both obstetric and neonatal care from state health officials. The highest level, it said, would be Level IV for regional centers capable of Level I-III care, and management of the most complex or critically ill patients.

Parkview said it was among the first Indiana hospitals to receive certification since the state began surveying Level III and IV hospitals at the end of 2019.

Anthem posts large 2nd-quarter gain

Anthem's second-quarter profit doubled to nearly $2.3 billion, as a pandemic-induced drop in claims and a new business pushed the Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer's earnings past expectations.

The insurer's stock jumped 6% at the start of trading Wednesday, erasing about half of the loss it had incurred so far this year.

The nation's second-largest insurer also said Wednesday it was leaving its 2020 earnings forecast unchanged, following a pattern established by its competitors. Insurers haven't touched their guidance despite big quarterly earnings growth because they aren't sure what lies ahead.

Boeing sees major loss, cuts production

Boeing lost $2.4 billion in the second quarter, and the company will slow production and cut more jobs as demand for commercial aircraft shrinks during the coronavirus pandemic.

The loss was far worse than Wall Street expected; so was the decline in revenue, which fell 25%.

“The reality is the pandemic's impact on the aviation sector continues to be severe,” CEO David Calhoun said. He said airlines are delaying purchases, slowing down deliveries and deferring elective maintenance, “all of which affects our business and, ultimately, our bottom line.”

Best Buy also closing for Thanksgiving

Best Buy, following announcements by Target and Walmart early this week, also plans to be closed on Thanksgiving this year.

In a Tuesday blog post, the retailer said to meet “customers' changing lives this holiday,” it would enhance the way it fulfills orders, from offering more convenient pickup options at stores to making sure orders arrive “at the right time.”

Best Buy also promised to offer some deals earlier to help consumers with gift shopping.

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