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University Medical Center at Princeton Joins with Penn Medicine to Expand Advanced Maternal Fetal Medicine Services

Nov 15, 2011

As part of its commitment to making every pregnancy as healthy and happy as possible, University Medical Center at Princeton's (UMCP) Maternal Fetal Medicine Department has partnered with Penn Medicine to offer advanced care for expectant mothers in need of specialized services and round-the-clock access to board certified obstetricians, maternal fetal medicine specialists, anesthesiologists, neonatologists and pediatricians.

Through this new partnership with Penn Medicine's Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, a nationally recognized leader in high-risk obstetrics, fetal evaluation and antepartum testing (tests performed late in pregnancy), an enhanced range of services will now be offered on site at UMCP. The services available include pre-conceptual testing, genetic counseling and education, prenatal screenings such as first-trimester nuchal translucency, amniocentesis, Chorionic Villus Sampling, genetic sonography, diabetes management, and more. In addition to the full range of prenatal diagnostic testing, this relationship will provide easy access to specialists in maternal fetal medicine who are members of one of the most renowned women's health departments in the nation

The group will be led by Robert Debbs, DO, FACOOG, a nationally recognized, board certified maternal fetal medicine specialist who has been at the helm of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Network at Penn Medicine for more than 10 years.

"The specialists at Penn Medicine have for years cared for the unique needs of growing families in and around South Jersey and the Philadelphia area, and have cared for patients from all over the world," said Dr. Debbs. "We are thrilled to now offer these services for women experiencing high-risk pregnancy in the Central New Jersey area. Our commitment to patient care, education and research is unsurpassed, and we bring to the area the experience of the nation's first hospital and one of the country's first divisions of maternal fetal medicine."

The partnership combines the skills of two top-rated facilities:

  • Penn Medicine, which has been recognized as one of the nation's top 10 hospitals for four consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report.
  • University Medical Center at Princeton, which has been ranked a top hospital for patient safety and quality for three consecutive years by The Leapfrog Group and recently named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, and whose Maternal-Child Health program is a past recipient of the JOHNSON'S® Childbirth Nursing Award.

Additionally, with this new affiliation and due to the program's anticipated success and growth, UMCP is physically expanding the Maternal Fetal Medicine Department to accommodate more patients.

This collaboration, in conjunction with CHOP Newborn and Pediatric Care at UMCP, facilitates advanced, comprehensive care for mothers and babies, from prenatal diagnosis and therapy, through postnatal treatment and care.

Since 2009, UMCP's partnership with The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has enhanced pediatric services at all levels. CHOP doctors provide care for children and adolescents in the Pediatric Unit and Well Baby Nursery, and provide consultation for pediatric patients in the Emergency Department. Neonatologists from CHOP provide care for newborns in UMCP's Level II Special Care Nursery.

"Pregnancy is a special time, one filled with excitement, emotion and, at times, great concern-especially in the event of a high-risk pregnancy, whether the risk is during the term of the pregnancy, during labor and delivery, or during the post-partum period," said Alan Friedman, MD, FACOG, Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a senior attending physician at University Medical Center at Princeton. "We are thrilled to partner with Dr. Debbs and his team of experienced, well-trained and highly regarded specialists."

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