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New camera system allows NICU parents to connect with babies, 24/7

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Southcentral Pennsylvania’s largest NICU now offers secure live video streaming of newborns to families

WellSpan York Hospital now offers a new way for parents of babies in its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to connect with their newborn, even when they can’t be at the hospital.

WellSpan York Hospital this week launched a new system that uses a camera placed at the baby’s bedside, so that parents and other family members who can’t be at the NICU can watch the baby remotely 24/7 by logging into a secure account from their laptop, tablet or smart phone.

The new service – provided by Angel Eye Camera Systems – is offered throughout the hospital’s Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which totals 44 beds – more than any other hospital in southcentral Pennsylvania.

“It is not uncommon for NICU patients to spend weeks, even months in our care,” said Keith Noll, senior vice president, WellSpan Health and president, WellSpan York Hospital. “We understand how truly difficult it can be for parents and families to have to leave their newborns, while they continue to receive advanced neonatal care in our NICU.”

“The Angel Eye system makes it easier for parents and families to stay connected to their little ones while they remain in our care,” he added. “It’s all part of our goal to keep families together – whether they’re in our hospital or just a click away.”

In June, WellSpan York Hospital announced that it expanded its Level 3 NICU, enabling WellSpan neonatologists and nurses to care for more York-area newborns in a state-of-the-art, calm and caring environment.

A Level 3 NICU offers round-the-clock, comprehensive specialty care for very small or very sick babies. Hospitals with Level 3 NICUs can care for newborn infants with extreme prematurity or who are critically ill or require surgical intervention, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The NICU is staffed 24/7 with specially trained nurses and neonatologists, who treat approximately 450 children a year in the unit. These newborn patients are treated for various, sometimes life-threatening, conditions – including low birth weight, respiratory problems, infections, prematurity and problems experienced during the birth process.

More than 3,000 babies are delivered at WellSpan York Hospital every year.

The Angel Eye system at WellSpan York Hospital was made possible by generous donors to WellSpan York Health Foundation, which is still accepting donations for the program. Those interested in contributing to this cause, or other foundation initiatives, can visit www.WellSpan.org/Donate.

About WellSpan Health

WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,200 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, six respected hospitals, more than 15,000 employees, and more than 140 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities.

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