At St. Vincent Hospital for Women & Children, our entire team is committed to providing our patients with the highest quality care. It is this commitment and dedication to creating healthy families from the very start, that led St. Vincent Hospital for Women & Children to be Evansville’s first hospital accredited by The Joint Commission for perinatal care after a rigorous site visit by two highly-qualified Joint Commission surveyors.
Programs like St. Vincent Hospital for Women & Children that submit, track and adhere to Joint Commission core performance measures may demonstrate:
When it comes to caring for the tiniest and sickest babies, experience is everything. The Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Vincent Hospital for Women & Children has served our community for more than 30 years and was the first Level III NICU in the Tri-State and the most advanced NICU in the region.
St. Vincent specially trained NICU team can care for babies born weighing less than one pound. Our tiniest NICU graduate weighed 10.9 ounces at birth (the weight of a can of soup), was 9 inches long and is now enjoying life at home with her family.
Overall, our NICU's neonatal survival outcomes are higher than the national average. Babies born four months early at St. Vincent have an 81% chance of survival. Babies born three months early have a 98% chance of survival.
Our comprehensive, cutting-edge NICU services include:
At St. Vincent, an experienced neonatologist is always in charge of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and provides direction for the NICU team. A neonatologist is a pediatrician with specialized training in the care of high-risk babies - those born prematurely and/or with potentially serious medical problems. These physicians are fellowship-trained and board-certified in Neonatology.
At least one neonatologist is present in the hospital 24/7/365.
Babies are cared for by specially trained:
Your family's spiritual needs are also of great importance to us. Our pastoral care staff is available any time day or night.
Evansville's Ronald McDonald House is located adjacent to St. Vincent campus to provide a "home away from home" for the families with critically ill or injured children.
St. Vincent provides rooms designed for parents and babies to stay together just before discharge. This allows parents to become comfortable caring for the newest members of their families and attending to any special needs, with the reassurance of knowing the NICU staff is nearby, before taking their babies home.
Maybe you have a condition that can result in birth defects or pregnancy loss, or your age indicates to your obstetrician that advanced prenatal tests are required. Some chronic medical conditions, like diabetes and cardiac disease, can make a pregnancy difficult. Or you may be experiencing pregnancy-related conditions, such as preterm labor or hypertension. Perhaps you are pregnant with multiples.
Whatever your condition, our Maternal-Fetal Medicine Physician is dedicated to providing world-class care to the high-risk mother and her unborn child. Through early diagnosis and intervention, we can help bring your baby safely into the world.
Our diagnostic tools can help identify problems before birth, allowing family and physician to be prepared for a possible medical emergency. In case hospitalization is required, St. Vincent offers high-risk pregnancy suites within the Hospital for Women & Children - located just one floor above our offices.
Our MFM program provides comprehensive maternal and fetal assessments using leading-edge diagnostic tools and treatments to help determine appropriate care for the mother and her unborn baby. While we do not provide primary obstetrical care except in very high-risk situations, we work in concert with your OB/GYN.
Genetic Counseling services are provided by a Board Certified Professional.
If you have been scheduled for an appointment with the physician and/or genetic counselor, you should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment to complete any necessary paperwork. If you are undergoing genetic amniocentesis or ultrasound screening, you will first be required to undergo genetic counseling.
This session will last for approximately 30 minutes. After your meeting with the genetic counselor, you will undergo an ultrasound examination, followed by a consultation with the physician. Depending on the procedure, several staff members may assist the physician. The ultrasound examination will take an additional 45 minutes. If you have twins or higher order multiples, this examination requires additional time. Depending on your condition, a vaginal ultrasound may also be performed. You will receive pictures of your baby at the completion of the ultrasound examination. You are encouraged to ask questions during this appointment. If you have questions that were not answered to your satisfaction or questions that come up after leaving the office, please feel free to call later to have these questions answered.
Since your first visit with us is a consultation visit, you will need to follow up with your primary OB/GYN provider for the remainder of your pregnancy care. You may be scheduled for additional visits with us, depending on the findings at your appointment.
Our goal is to work together with the Tri-State’s physicians to provide patients with easy access to the specialty care delivered by our Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists. In some cases, that means patients may be transferred to St. Vincent from another hospital or outlying community.
For patients being referred to St. Vincent from area hospitals and physicians, St. Vincent Hospital for Women & Children offers maternal transport through our Perinatal & Pediatric ONE Call transfer program. Our goal is to provide the most advanced inpatient care to high risk pregnant women in the Tri-State.
The patient's attending physician contacts St. Mary’s Perinatal and Pediatric ONE Call Transfer and provides the patient's information. After acceptance by the St. Vincent Maternal Fetal Medicine physician, arrangements are made for the patient to be transported by ambulance or air, depending on the circumstances.
If transported by St. Vincent ambulance service to the Hospital for Women & Children, a paramedic, a respiratory therapist and a labor and delivery nurse will travel with the patient.
St. Vincent Evansville’s Perinatal and Pediatric ONE Call Transfer connects you quickly and easily to our highly-experienced Maternal, Neonatal and Pediatric Transport Teams.
St. Vincent Evansville’s Maternal-Fetal Transport Team specializes in caring for women with high-risk pregnancies and/or pregnant women who require the advanced resources provided at St. Vincent Evansville.
St. Vincent Evansville’s Maternal-Fetal Transport Team consists of High-Risk OB nurses, Neonatal Respiratory Therapists, Paramedics and EMTs who have the expertise to provide proficient care for any emergency that may arise during transport.
Labor & Delivery Fax: 812-485-7563
St. Vincent Evansville's Neonatal Transport Team has been safely transporting sick and premature babies since 1978. Our Neonatal Transport Team is equipped with state-of-the-art transport isolettes and specialized equipment necessary to provide the best care for the sickest and tiniest babies. Our experienced Neonatal Transport Team consists of Neonatal Nurses, Neonatal Respiratory Therapists, Paramedics and EMTs who have undergone extensive training to ensure the highest quality of care is provided to the most fragile of patients.
St. Vincent Evansville’s Pediatric Transport team consists of Pediatric Nurses, Pediatric Respiratory Therapists, Paramedics and EMTs who have been specially trained to transport ill children.
St. Vincent Hospital for Women & Children is a regional center caring for mothers with complicated pregnancies. Experienced and educated staff provide the most advanced care needed to ensure the best possible outcome.
Expectant mothers with various health needs benefit from specialized care and monitoring available throughout their pregnancies in this special unit.
Our Maternal Fetal Medicine physicians work closely with the patient's OB/GYN physician and Neonatologist to ensure that mother and baby receive the best care possible.