Having a baby should be a joyous event — even when your baby needs specialized care.

At GVMH, we have a telehealth partnership with Children's Mercy Kansas City that allows our team to work remotely with neonatal intensive care specialists through audio/video telemedicine equipment to examine infants in real-time, develop a plan of care and evaluate the need for transfer. This high-quality technology offers advanced care to our tiniest patients that may need a deeper level of treatment.

We partnered with the Children's Mercy Division of Neonatology as they are recognized by US News and World Report as one of the top neonatology programs in the nation and have the region's only highest-level (Level IV) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This means our babies have access to a full range of more than 400 newborn medicine specialists and specialized equipment.

Services teleneonatology may provide include:

• Thorough patient assessments
• Consultations and assistance with diagnosis
• Review of x-rays and lab results
• Remote daily rounds, if needed
• Education and timely communication with parents

Teleneonatology is used on a case-by-case basis depending on the level of care the infant may need. If a birth proves difficult or the infant is in distress, teleneonatology may provide life-saving measures to critically ill patients. It can be used from the moment a baby is born up until discharge for patients who may need a higher level of care.

To schedule a tour of the GVMH Birthing Center or to learn more, call 660-890-7371.