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.
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