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Twins Help Jefferson Hospital Top 1,000 Births in One Year for First Time

Friday, December 21, 2018

JEFFERSON HILLS, Pa. – Jefferson Hospital has reached the milestone of 1,000 births in a year for the first time in the history of its Women and Infants Center – and it did so in style.  Kaitlyn Bradley, of Bentleyville, gave birth to twin girls Wednesday, the 1,000th and 1,001st babies born at Jefferson Hospital.

David Logan, MD, director of obstetrics at Jefferson Hospital, delivered Arianna at 5:24 p.m., followed by her sister Skylar at 6:02 p.m. They join a family that includes 9-year-old sister Jordin and 4-year-old brother Cameron.

“Two happy, healthy girls, plus their older siblings. That’s all we could ask for right before Christmas,” said their father and Kaitlyn’s boyfriend, Cam.

Jefferson, part of Allegheny Health Network (AHN), has now delivered more than 3,700 babies since the Women and Infants Center opened its doors in November 2014. Jefferson’s program was the first new OB unit in the state in 30 years, coming on the heels of dozens of obstetric departments in western Pennsylvania closing their doors.

“Allegheny Health Network made a commitment to the women of the South Hills, lower Mon Valley, and surrounding communities several years ago – that we would bring high-quality maternity services to Jefferson Hospital so that local women could receive the pre- and post-natal and obstetric care they needed close to home,” said Allan Klapper, MD, Chair, AHN Women and Children’s Institute. “Achieving this milestone speaks to the demand for care that exists – and the level of trust the community has placed in Jefferson Hospital.”

The Women and Infants Center at Jefferson features modern Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum (LDRP) suites where the entire birthing process occurs. Each LDRP suite is full equipped with a birthing bed, bedside fetal monitoring equipment, medical gases, infant warmer, and equipment needed for infant resuscitation and stabilization. Centralized fetal monitoring provides constant surveillance of the mother and baby.

Additionally, the unit features a Level II (continuing care) nursery for special needs, two dedicated cesarean-section rooms, 24/7 obstetric anesthesia and newborn services, numerous patient services and amenities, the latest in infant security technology, and an Austin’s Playroom for siblings.

“The Women and Infants Center is a testament to our commitment to putting the health of women and their infants at the center of everything we do,” said Dr. Logan. “It was important to us that the women in this underserved area didn’t have to drive into the city or miles from home for their OB care. We are able to provide high-level, specialized care in a modern and personalized setting, right here in Jefferson Hills.”

Together with nursing director Belinda Callaghan, MSN, RN, Dr. Logan leads a team of more than 65 physicians, nurses, and support staff dedicated to the care of women and their babies.

The thousand-birth milestone comes a few months after Jefferson Hospital became the first hospital in western Pennsylvania to achieve Keystone 10 designation, a Pennsylvania Department of Health quality improvement breastfeeding initiative aimed at improving the protection, promotion, and support of breastfeeding for all Pennsylvania infants, mothers, and families. Keystone 10-designated facilities focus on initiating breastfeeding for new moms, exclusive breastfeeding, skin-to-skin contact and rooming-in, among other elements. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), breastfed infants are less likely to develop asthma, respiratory and ear infections, type 2 diabetes, and obesity and suffer Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Mothers who breastfeed reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.

“This continues to be a wonderful year for our Women and Infants Center, and topping 1,000 babies born in one year – with our 10th set of twins this year, no less – is a milestone of which we are all incredibly proud,” said Louise Urban, president and CEO, Jefferson Hospital.

In addition to the OB program at Jefferson Hospital, AHN also delivers babies at West Penn, Forbes, and Saint Vincent hospitals. An estimated 7,700 babies will be born at AHN hospitals this year, a 60 percent increase from 2013. Earlier this year, AHN announced that the new AHN Wexford Hospital – expected to open in 2021 – will feature labor and delivery services, giving the network four hospitals that deliver babies across Allegheny County along with OBGYN services at more than 35 locations across western Pennsylvania.

AHN continues to expand services for women and infants across the network. On Tuesday, AHN celebrated the grand opening of The Alexis Joy D’Achille Center for Perinatal Mental Health at West Penn Hospital, an innovative facility that offers women with pregnancy-related depression access to a spectrum of family-focused care options under one roof. And soon, AHN will unveil a new, expanded neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at West Penn. 

About Jefferson Hospital
Jefferson Hospital, a part of Allegheny Health Network (AHN), is a full-service inpatient facility located in Jefferson Hills that serves the South Hills of Pittsburgh, the lower Mon Valley, and surrounding communities. Featuring a medical staff of nearly 400 physicians covering more than 40 health care specialties, the hospital provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient surgical services, and emergency care. It features a Cardiovascular Institute, Cancer Institute, Orthopaedic Institute, Bariatric & Metabolic Institute, Women and Infants Center, Women’s Diagnostic Center, Sleep Disorders Center, and Wound Care Center among other services. Jefferson Hospital also includes the Bethel Park Health + Wellness Pavilion as well as several outpatient, primary care, and therapy sites across the South Hills and neighboring areas.