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FAIRVIEW HOSPITAL'S PERINATAL CENTERAWARDED LEVEL III DESIGNATION BY STATE

 CLEVELAND, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ohio Department of Health has designated the maternity and newborn intensive care services at Fairview General Hospital a Level III perinatal center.
 The Level III designation, which recognizes the complex and high- quality care available to mothers and newborns, was based upon the unanimous decision of a group of state-appointed independent surveyors who conducted a comprehensive site visit of Fairview on Jan. 14. The surveyors concluded that Fairview was and is providing a high standard of care categorized as Level III perinatal services. The only other designated Level III perinatal centers in Greater Cleveland are University Hospitals and MetroHealth Medical Center.
 "The new designation recognizes several years of high-quality services that the maternity and neonatal intensive care units of Fairview have provided to a large part of the community extending as far west as Sandusky and south toward Medina," said Jules S. Moodley, M.D., director of Fairview's Maternal-Fetal Medicine program.
 Official notification of the Level III designation came this week from Peter Somani, M.D., Ph.D., director of Health for the State of Ohio. In a letter to Fairview, Somani commented that one of the surveyors found Fairview "to be one of the most efficiently administered programs for the care of mothers and their infants."
 Fairview, with 4,136 births in 1992, is one of Greater Cleveland's largest birthing centers. The recognition of the hospital as a Level III perinatal center comes on the heels of several years of development of Fairview's high-risk maternity and newborn services. Fairview's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has now been operational for more than 10 years. It is staffed around the clock by subspecialty-trained physicians and nurses who care for maternity and newborn patients. And, with rare exceptions, comprehensive services for both mothers and newborns are available within the hospital. In addition, a recent affiliation with The Cleveland Clinic Foundation's Pediatrics' Department further enhances the services available to high-risk newborn infants.
 HIGH RISK MATERNITY SERVICES FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS
 The high-risk maternity services at Fairview include two specially trained, board-certified perinatologists who exclusively work as consultants. These perinatologists provide consultations to area obstetricians on a wide variety of high-risk obstetrical disorders and concerns, including medical complications of pregnancy and total care of sick mothers for both medical treatments and/or delivery at Fairview. Since these subspecialists exclusively function as consultants, area obstetricians are encouraged to come to Fairview to participate in the care of their patients. These patients are referred back to their private obstetricians when they are discharged.
 Maternity services also include Level II ultrasound examination for problems such as fetal malformation assessment and assessment of fetal well-being. Fairview's Joan K. Farr Perinatal Diagnostic Center is dedicated to the care of these complicated cases. Sophisticated equipment in this unit enables prenatal diagnosis and continuing care.
 NICU PROVIDES HIGHLY SPECIALIZED NEWBORN CARE
 On-site access to a NICU provides patients with a distinct advantage over other hospitals. "About one of every 12 infants born at Fairview requires the services of our 14-bed NICU," said Lawrence D. Lilien, M.D., neonatologist and co-director of Fairview's NICU.
 Two board-certified neonatologists direct Fairview's neonatal intensive care services. In addition, full-time hospital-based pediatricians are available around the clock for emergencies that arise at delivery. The NICU is backed by several physicians, nurses and technologists both at Fairview and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
 "The availability of these highly specialized services is especially appreciated by area residents who are spared the trouble of traveling to distant hospitals," said Lilien. Fairview's perinatal staff also responds to emergencies arising in referring hospitals. In addition, a special neonatal transport ambulance is available to transport sick newborns from area hospitals to Fairview's NICU. The maternity services also provide 24-hour telephone consultation with area obstetricians.
 Fairview's recent remodeling of its Birthing Center also provides expectant mothers with a thoroughly modern and comfortable environment. The $1.8 million renovation includes two home-like birthing suites, four new labor-delivery-recovery rooms with 50 percent more space, seven upgraded labor rooms, and three enlarged delivery rooms with leading- edge technology.
 Fairview received its Level III designation through the state's Certificate of Need process. This means that the state has certified that the program meets a need for the health of this community and has the resources to achieve that goal. The January 14 site visit by a group of independent surveyors was part of this process.
 Fairview is Greater Cleveland's fourth-largest hospital, offering a full range of services to the city's west side. In 1986, Fairview Hospital and Lutheran Medical Center formed Health Cleveland, a private, non-profit healthcare delivery system that includes satellite facilities throughout western Greater Cleveland.
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 /CONTACT: Gary Weiland, director of public relations, Health Cleveland, 216-476-7183, or 216-835-4056, after hours/


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