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Enhancing Neonatal Care at Hancock Regional Hospital

January 17, 2022

Hancock Regional Hospital’s tiniest patients are already benefiting from an advanced level of newborn care, made possible by a new partnership between Hancock Regional and the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent.

The partnership, which began in November, creates a Level II Special Care Nursery at Hancock Regional. The new nursery is specially equipped for moderately ill infants and babies born as early as 32 weeks’ gestation. It allows Hancock Regional 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 Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital,” said Dr. Julia Compton, assistant vice president, Hancock Physician Network. “It gives us access to Indiana’s best-equipped facility for babies with complex medical needs.”

Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital neonatal nurse practitioners are also on-site at Hancock Regional; when the nurse practitioners need it, they have constant access to the children’s hospital’s neonatologists. 

That offers delivering mothers and their families more peace of mind, said Steve Long, president of Hancock Health.

“We have a great team of physicians, nurses, and associates, and most babies born here don’t need extra care,” said Long. “But it’s great to know that, if your baby does need more help, it’s available just a few steps away.”

The Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent is a full-service children’s medical center. The hospital has more than 160 beds, including a 15-bed pediatric intensive care unit, 17-bed pediatric emergency department and a 99-bed neonatal intensive care unit—the largest Level IV NICU in Indiana, providing the highest level of acute care. The children’s hospital treats patients from all over the state, providing 24-hour, on-site coverage by pediatric hospitalists, intensivists, neonatologists, and board-certified emergency physicians.

“This partnership provides families the comfort of knowing they have high quality, specialty pediatric care, close to home,” said Dr. Taha Ben Saad, medical director at Ascension St. Vincent Women’s Hospital and Carmel Hospital.It does make a difference where you get your health care. Making sure our youngest patients have the care they need, right from the start, is one way we’re making health possible across East Central Indiana and beyond. Visit to learn more and find your Hancock health care team.