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FETAL AND NEONATAL CARE


PHOENIX CHILDREN’S IS ADVANCING THE STATE’S HIGHEST LEVEL OF FETAL AND NEWBORN INTENSIVE CARE TO INCREASE AVAILABILITY OF SUBSPECIALTY SERVICES TO A LARGER POPULATION OF HIGH-RISK PATIENTS. 

Phoenix Children’s is committed to providing state-of-the-art care for the tiniest, most fragile newborns.

Arizona Fetal Care Network at Phoenix Children’s is the state’s only program providing comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for children diagnosed with a condition prenatally. When a condition is detected, Arizona Fetal Care Network provides case management, diagnosis coordination, general surgical and medical support, family counseling, and scheduling assistance, all with concierge-style service.

For babies with complex surgical and medical issues, the Phoenix Children’s Hospital main campus is home to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a Level IIIc nursery, the highest certification recognized by the Arizona Perinatal Trust.

FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS

To advance the vision for creating a comprehensive pediatric health care delivery network, Phoenix Children’s and Dignity Health Arizona are creating a new Center of Excellence, Arizona Mother-Baby Care. By standardizing clinical protocols and improving access to the best care, Phoenix Children’s and Dignity Health will significantly impact quality outcomes for the mothers and infants of Arizona. 

“Every day I witness miraculous moments. When we truly care for our patients and families—care for their health, hear their concerns, honor their values, and respect the world they exist in—they then send that compassion out into the community. The impact they have on our community is immeasurable and inspiring.” 

MEGAN KIRKLAND, LMSW, NICU SOCIAL WORKER, FOUNDED THE NICU PATIENT AND FAMILY SUPPORT FUND

COORDINATING CARE FOR HIGH-RISK POPULATIONS

PHOENIX CHILDREN’S CRUCIAL STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH DIGNITY HEALTH ARIZONA IS A CORNERSTONE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR COORDINATED MATERNAL/FETAL MEDICINE SERVICES.

Arizona Mother-Baby Care will establish a unified service line for women’s health needs from pre-conception through pregnancy and birth, aligned with early identification of complex fetal issues, prompt access to specialists and easy transition to higher levels of care when needed. In the new affiliation, Dignity Health Arizona will manage obstetric patient units and existing nurseries at their hospital sites, while Phoenix Children’s will retain Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Neuro-NICU and Arizona Fetal Care Network management as well as pediatric subspecialty care. The partnering organizations will be separate but complementary.

The new program will serve all new moms and babies but will be especially beneficial for high-risk patients throughout the state, such as those requiring neurosurgery or cardiac surgery.