Parkridge Health System August 26, 2019

Parkridge East Hospital has introduced Neonatal Transport to provide 24/7 rapid access to specialty neonatal care for babies born in outlying areas. Upon receiving a call from a hospital with a newborn in need of neonatal intensive care services, Parkridge East dispatches a specially trained team – supervised by a neonatologist and comprised of a neonatal nurse and neonatal respiratory therapist – to bring the baby to the facility’s level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

“We care for babies born at less than 28 weeks gestation and those who require special care,” said Christina Chadwick, director of the NICU at Parkridge East. “These babies need help right away, and that poses a challenge for hospitals that do not have an on-site NICU. Our team is en route to the referring hospital within 30 minutes of the initial call, ensuring we do everything we can to make critical care more accessible to newborns in Chattanooga and its surrounding areas.”

To bridge the gap between the initial call and NICU Transport arrival, referring physicians can speak with a neonatologist who will advise on treatment options.

“NICU Transport addresses a dire need for critical care services in communities in southeast Tennessee, northwest Georgia and northwest Alabama,” said Jarrett Millsaps, CEO of Parkridge East. “Our goal is to provide the care necessary for these babies to thrive and, after reaching an optimal level of maturity, return to their community to receive continued treatment.”

Learn more about how the level III NICU at Parkridge East Hospital can help babies who require special levels of care.