Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield. (photo courtesy: Hancock Health LinkedIn)

Greenfield-based Hancock Health says a new partnership with Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent will advance the level of newborn care, especially among premature babies. The health system is now offering a Level II Special Care Nursery at Hancock Regional Hospital.

The designation allows for a higher specialty for moderately ill infants and babies born as early as 32 weeks.
The Level II nursery gives Hancock the ability to care for infants who need oxygen, IV fluids or medications, help with feeding, or just some extra care or supervision before going home.

“And if a newborn needs an even higher level of care, it’s available through our connection with PMCH,” said Dr. Julia Compton, vice president at Hancock Health. “It gives us access to Indiana’s best-equipped facility for babies with complex medical needs.”

As part of the arrangement, specially trained neonatal nurse practitioners from PMCH will provide 24/7 support at Hancock Regional Hospital. Hancock Health says the NNPs will also have 24/7 access and support from neonatologists at PMCH.