VDH approves Certificate of Public Need for NICU at LewisGale Medical Center


LewisGale Medical Center

SALEM, Va. (WFXR) – LewisGale Medical Center says the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has approved its Certificate of Public Need (COPN) for a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

LewisGale had been seeking approval to provide NICU services since 2011.

The NICU will provide critical care to premature or ill newborns.

Facility representatives say many factors could lead to a newborn being admitted to the NICU including low birth weight or complications during delivery.

The NICU staff will work closely with parents to develop a treatment plan for their newborn.

“Opening a NICU is the latest example of our commitment to expanding our women’s and children’s services to meet the maternal and child needs of our growing community,” said John Harding, MD, an obstetrician/gynecologist at LewisGale Medical Center. “We already have a positive reputation for our comfortable birth center amenities, our flexible and individual approach to birth plans, and our outstanding medical staff. We can now add a planned state-of-the-art neonatal care to that list.”

John Harding, MD, LewisGale Medical Center OBGYN

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