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Flu Season Guidelines for all Maternity Care Center Visitors

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As influenza season is officially upon us, the Maternity Care Center has initiated these visitation guidelines:

  • NO ill visitors allowed for the protection of all newborns.
  • All visitors must check in at the main reception desk.
  • Only healthy siblings and adults over age 14 are allowed to visit in the MCC.
  • NO visitors under 14 years of age in NICU.

If you are planning to visit a baby/mom/family at the MCC, please review the full policy. Thank you for your cooperation.


Maternity Care Center Achieves Safe Sleep Champion Status

KRMC Maternity Care Center Receives DHHS Accolade
MCC Achieves Safe Sleep Champion Status as Part of DHHS Initiative

Kearney, Neb. – Kearney Regional Medical Center’s Maternity Care Center was honored in April for their designation as a Safe Sleep Champion by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) worked with the Nebraska Hospital Association, the Nebraska Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Nebraska Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative to launch the Nebraska Safe Sleep Hospital Campaign. The campaign provides evidence-based education and training to parents of newborns as well as birthing hospital staff.

“It was important for Kearney Regional to become a Safe Sleep Champion because we put a large emphasis on education for our patients and staff,” said Dani Peisiger, Director at the KRMC Maternity Care Center. “The benefits of having the formal education for the staff and patients allows us to reinforce best practices for safe sleep and helps us achieve the highest quality of care for our patients built on evidenced-based practices.”

“We chose to be a Safe Sleep Champion here at Kearney Regional because we have a true passion for these kids as if they were our own,” said Peisinger. “Through the initiative, our staff has completed Safe Sleep training and models the techniques for our patients. Our new parents see firsthand the proper way to put the baby down to sleep, how to dress baby so they aren’t too warm and what a safe sleep environment looks like. It has been beneficial to staff as well as our patients.”

The Safe Sleep Campaign starts within the hospital setting, encouraging all Nebraska birthing hospitals to become a Safe Sleep Hospital Champion. To be considered a Safe Sleep Champion, the hospital signs a pledge, creates or updates a Safe Sleep Policy, provides yearly education to hospital personnel, models safe sleep recommendations, and educates parents with evidence-based safe sleep materials in accordance with Nebraska Revised Statute 71-2103 and the 2016 American Academy of Pediatrics Safe Sleep Recommendations.

About Kearney Regional Medical Center

KRMC is a 93-bed acute care hospital.  Dedicated to improving the health of our patients, Kearney Regional Medical Center delivers expert medical care that is patient-focused and cost-effective. Kearney Regional Medical Center’s state of the art facility offers patients sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic services covering the spectrum of care.  Kearney Regional is made up of Medical, Surgical, and Intensive Care Beds as well as a full suite of Operating Rooms, Interventional Cardiology and Radiology Labs, an Emergency Department, Maternity Care Center, and full Radiology Department for diagnostic services.

The staff at Kearney Regional consists of more than 700 talented and compassionate physicians, nurses, clinical, and support staff.

KRMC’s Maternity Care Center marks one year of deliveries

Andrea Malcom sat in a private room in the neonatal intensive care unit at Kearney Regional Medical Care’s Maternity Care Center last week cuddling her daughter Baylee. Born eight weeks early on Dec. 19, Baylee weighed just three pounds, six ounces then. Now, nearly four weeks later, she is up to four pounds nine ounces.

The cozy, peaceful afternoon is the antithesis of Jan. 16. 2017, the day the Maternity Care Center opened. A blizzard was battering Kearney that day. “I came in, but the whole town was shut down,” Patty Schulte, R.N., said.

No babies were born that day, or that night, or the next day, either. Six days later, at 3:24 a.m. Jan. 22, Dr. Keri Philpot delivered the center’s first baby, Elias Allen Michael Barker, son of Jillana and Travis Barker of Broken Bow. Since then, it’s been busy.

One month later, on Feb. 26, the first set of twins was born. The first set of triplets arrived on April 27-28. Two of them were born April 27; the third came right after midnight April 28. The busiest month was August, when 64 babies were born. The busiest week came in October, with 20 births. The unit’s 500th delivery happened Nov. 19. By December, 561 births were recorded for 2017, including 248 girls and 313 boys.

Since then, 21 more infants were born at KRMC. As of Jan. 16, the end of its first year, 582 babies had been born in the 19,000 square-foot unit of the hospital at 804 22nd Avenue. That’s almost 20 percent more than what hospital administrators projected for the first year. This year, 600 births are expected.

“It’s gone really well this first year, as smoothly as possible,” Maternity Services Manager Dani Peisiger, R.N., said. A nurse for 12 years, she joined the unit four months before it opened to work on policies and procedures, hire the staff and oversee training.

The maternity wing, part of a $40 million KRMC expansion that included an emergency department, an intensive care area and a helicopter pad, has a separate entrance on the hospital’s southeast corner. It has 10 spacious, private labor and delivery rooms, two antepartum rooms, a surgery room and two on-call rooms for doctors. Its four-room, Level II neonatal intensive care unit is licensed for eight infants.

Mothers labor and deliver in one bed. There is no nursery; newborns stay in bassinets in their mothers’ rooms. “Babies never leave their mothers’ sides now,” Peisiger said. “We believe in skin-to-skin care. If mothers need a break, we’re happy to cuddle with those babies. It’s the best part of our job.”

The department’s 45-member staff includes lactation counselor Victoria DuPreez, unit secretary/notary Charity Marr and maternity educator Tanya Sandoval. Its 35 nurses have a combined 153 years of experience.

Also happy with the unit is Sara Fecht of Kearney, the hospital’s nursing services assistant who graduated last May from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She had done a human relations internship at KRMC during college and accepted the job the day she received her diploma. She works all over the hospital, but as the Maternity Care Center prepared to open, Fecht wrote policies and designed crib cards and footprint cards. She also schedules the staff.

“I love it here. I always wanted to help people. This is totally where I wanted to be,” she said. “I look at the nurses. They’re a different breed. I notice how well the staff works together, how happy they are. The patients are happy. They just want to hold their babies. I’ve found family here.”

That echoes what Peisiger says: “We have such good teamwork. People pitch in wherever they’re needed. It’s all hands on deck.”

Peisiger was on hand when the triplets were delivered last April after 32.5 weeks of gestation. For that event, 20 people crowded into the delivery room, including a pediatrician and NICU nurse for each baby, and 14 others. “It went like clockwork,” Peisiger said. “When I see processes like that, I know what we’re capable of.”

Malcom, who spends five to seven hours each day in the NICU with Baylee, likes the fact that she can be so hands-on with her newborn and help with baths and feedings. “Everyone here goes above and beyond the call of duty for my comfort,” she said. Her husband John appreciates that, too.

Dr. Philpott, who delivered the center’s first baby a year ago, said her patients appreciate the big rooms, kind nurses and its separate entrance. She said three patients who delivered there last year are expecting again and plan to come back in 2018.

“The nurses and staff throughout the entire hospital are very competent and kind. They love their jobs and where they work, and it shows. In the end, it’s the people who make the difference,” she said.

Dana Wright, the hospital’s marketing coordinator, said the Maternity Care Center has helped facilitate a relationship with our Kearney pediatricians and attracted a younger crowd of patients. “It has also increased our overall patient volume. We are seeing patients come here for more than just delivering babies.”

For Fecht, the center is one of her favorite parts of the hospital. She has seen nurses pass out crayons to siblings of newborns. “The doctors are willing to teach and guide. I’ve never seen them get frustrated or upset. Doctors never ask nurses to do anything they wouldn’t do. I’ve seen nurses sit and talk to patients for two hours. This isn’t just a job for them. It’s a passion.”

Added Peisiger, “Mothers who want to see the unit can simply call and come over for a tour. Where mothers deliver is their choice. We just want healthy babies.”

Kearney Hub Staff Writer

First baby of 2018 born to Overton couple

The city’s first baby of 2018 came not on Jan. 1, but Jan. 2. Lennuxe Hazel DeTurk, daughter of Jarod and Kaylinda DeTurk of Overton, was delivered via a scheduled caesarean section at 7:41 a.m. Tuesday at Kearney Regional Medical Center.

A few hours later, she was snuggling in her mother’s arms. A little gold ribbon circled her dark hair, and matching gold slippers kept her feet warm. The baby, weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces and measuring nearly 21 inches long, is a little sister to brother Lawson, who turned 2 on Dec. 17.

A few hours after his sister was born, Lawson was lifted onto the bed to see his new sister. “He likes babies,” his mother said. “He kept saying, ‘baby.’”

“She looks like her brother did when he was born,” Jarod said. He is a crop consultant with his business, DeTurk Agronomics. Kaylinda is a consultant for Younique, a direct sales firm that sells make-up.

The DeTurks were surprised that Lennuxe was Kearney’s first baby of 2018. Kaylinda’s due date was Jan. 6, but the C-section was scheduled for the morning of Jan. 2. The obstetrician was Dr. Amie J. Jorgensen of Contemporary Obstetrics & Gynecology at 101 W. 24th St.

Grandparents of the new baby are Steve and Deanne DeTurk of Amherst and Cletus and Sherri Holmes of Minden. The infant’s middle name, Hazel, was the middle name of the great-grandmothers of each of her parents. Both great-grandmothers are deceased.

Lennuxe is among the nearly 600 babies that have been born at Kearney Regional since its maternity care center opened last Jan. 21, according to Dana Wright, the hospital’s marketing coordinator. Three more babies were born there Tuesday.

CHI Health Good Samaritan delivered its first baby of 2018 at 1:56 a.m. today. Isla Anne Hall, daughter of Nick and Sharayah Hall of Gibbon, was delivered by Dr. Gina Torpin. The baby weighed 7 pounds 12 ounces and is 21½ inches long.

Kearney Hub Staff Writer

Kearney Regional Medical Center delivers 100th baby

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Barrett Hunt can be forgiven for being unimpressed with recognition as the 100th baby born at Maternity Care Center of Kearney Regional Medical Center.

When Barrett made his debut at 8:03 p.m. Wednesday, his mother, Megan, was neck in neck with another laboring mother to have the 100th baby. According to nurse Patty Perry it was a close call.

“It was actually funny because Megan wanted to be the 100th, and the other mom was hoping to be 101 because that number is part of their business. It was a close call to see if both moms made their goal,” she said.

Hunt was thrilled, despite 16 hours of labor, that her son received the honor.
His father, Branden had a grin from ear to ear as he held his son in front of the information board with the number written out.
“We couldn’t be more proud. We’re excited to take him home,” he said.
When the couple toured the facility before the birth, Branden liked how the rooms were designed with fathers in mind.

“I could help out when she needed to shower or rest and still spend time with Barrett,” he said.

The 7-pound 3-ounce baby boy is the first child for the Sumner couple. The proud mom said she was very impressed with the state-of-the-art maternity wing and couldn’t have asked for anything else.

Registered Nurse Julie Hesseltine, a nurse for 30 years said the center has been busy birthing babies since opening day on Jan. 16. There have been several times when the center has been at full capacity.

“The center was built with plans to expand in the future, but my joke yesterday was, ‘When are we building the expansion?’ even though we opened in January.”

As of Saturday, the facility was up to 106 newborns and counting.

By Heather Riggleman
Kearney Hub Staff Writer