UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg opened a new dedicated antepartum unit, which serves pregnant women at high-risk for early birth or complications who need to be hospitalized during their pregnancy, on March 29. The unit is in close proximity to Labor & Delivery and ob-gyn operating rooms so that providers have quick access to needed services when it is time for birth.
“The completion of the antepartum unit is the culmination of a multi-year project to create a specialized center that address the complex needs of women and babies,” said Philip Guarneschelli, president, UPMC Pinnacle. “This investment honors UPMC’s commitment to provide superior care to central Pennsylvania families.”
Multidisciplinary teams, including UPMC Pinnacle maternal-fetal medicine specialists, obstetricians and neonatologists, work together with nursing to provide seamless care for mothers and babies. The team also is supported by social services, therapists and childbirth educators.
The unit houses 11 spacious, private rooms with bathrooms and accommodations for overnight guests, as well as state-of-the-art technology and monitoring equipment for short- and long-term inpatient care. In addition, the unit features amenities such as smart TVs in each room, a kitchenette and group meeting space.
“We understand that bed rest and hospitalization away from family and friends is stressful,” said Ken Oken, M.D., chair of obstetrics and gynecology, UPMC Pinnacle. “With this new unit, we are able to give mother and family the best experience by providing exceptional care in a comfortable space for patients and families.”