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PHA Special Care Nursery Offers Expanded Services to New Mothers
02/04/2007

ALLEN, Texas – Crying babies are nothing new at Presbyterian Hospital of Allen's Special Care Nursery, but a set of triplets was a new experience. The expanded services at the hospital allow the staff to work closely with babies who require specialized care such as pre-term babies, newborns with birth defects and other babies who need a high level of observation or intensive nursing care.

Already the mother of three boys, Allen resident Tony Carl found out that she would need to get pregnant quickly if she wanted any more children. Although her ovarian cancer had been removed through surgery, a physician advised Carl to get a hysterectomy to prevent a reoccurrence. Since she had problems conceiving before her bout with ovarian cancer, Carl opted to seek out a fertility specialist. Little did she know that her in-vitro fertilization would result in triplets that could be cared for at Presbyterian Hospital of Allen's (PHA) new Special Care Nursery.

“We found out quickly that all three embryos had taken,” said Carl. “We were excited.”

Three girls, named Carrie Christine, Abigail Raye and Sara Lynn were born to Carl at PHA on Dec. 21, becoming the first set of triplets born at the hospital.

Luckily for Carl, PHA recently expanded The Family Birthplace's services to include a Special Care Nursery offering Level II neonatal services. The same neonatology providers who serve patients at both Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and Presbyterian Hospital of Plano, Pediatrix Medical Group, Inc., are also on the medical staff at PHA.

“We are proud to be able to care for babies requiring Level II care,” said Dawn Nichols, director of perinatal services at PHA. “Mothers-to-be in Allen can feel comfortable delivering their multiples or preemies at PHA.”

For more information about PHA's Special Care Nursery, call 1-800-4-Presby or visit the Web site at www.PHScare.org/PHA.

About Presbyterian Hospital of Allen
Presbyterian Hospital of Allen is a member of Texas Health Resources, one of the largest nonprofit, faith-based health care organizations in Texas. The system includes 13 acute care hospitals with more than 18,000 employees and 5,000 physicians with privileges on its medical staffs. Opened in December 2000, Presbyterian Hospital of Allen has over 300 physicians on its medical staff, practicing in more than 25 specialties. In addition to comprehensive women's services, which include a dedicated Breast Center and a full complement of childbirth education offerings, the hospital also provides quality health care services in areas such as orthopedics, pediatrics, gastroenterology, urology and cardiology. A significant expansion project was recently completed which included the addition of ICU beds, 14 additional medical surgical beds, six new labor-delivery-recovery-postpartum beds, increased capacity in the emergency department and further enhancements to diagnostic services.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR controls 13 affiliated hospitals and a medical research organization, and is a corporate member or partner in seven additional hospitals and surgery centers. THR's family of hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.TexasHealth.org.

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