Offering Enhanced Care to You and Your Baby

Covenant Medical Center and University of Iowa Health Care are working together to bring enhanced care to Waterloo for newborn babies, women with high-risk pregnancies and children.

Advanced Neonatal Care
The neonatal team at Covenant Medical Center has been joined by University of Iowa Children’s Hospital neonatologists and nurse practitioners who will provide on-site patient care at Covenant’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This partnership ensures access to Iowa’s highest-level neonatal experts, working side-by-side with Covenant’s established and experienced NICU team, immediately at birth.
Neonatology refers to the care of premature infants or newborns who are seriously ill due to low birth weight or other life-threatening conditions. Covenant’s Level II Regional Center is adjacent to the Family Birth Center and offers a family-centered approach. UI Children’s Hospital is home to a Level IV NICU—the highest level recognized nationally by the American Academy of Pediatrics—with outcomes among the very best in the nation for premature infants.

“One of our top priorities is to keep the babies we care for, and their families, as close to home as possible,” said Dr. Andrew Barden, Covenant Clinic Neonatologist and Medical Director of the Covenant NICU. “Our new collaboration with UI Children’s Hospital specialists will help us do this. But, in cases when we cannot keep a baby in our NICU, we have two advantages: first, an already established neonatal transport team to support the transport of babies in emergency situations when they need additional care; second, our connection to UI Children’s Hospital providers will ensure continuity of care in instances where a baby needs more advanced care.”   
High-Risk Obstetrics Care
UI maternal-fetal medicine experts will also provide specialized, prenatal obstetrics (OB) care for women with high-risk pregnancies due to advanced maternal age; multiple births; chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or epilepsy; or a history of complications of pregnancy.  Expectant mothers will be able to see UI Health Care specialists face-to-face in a convenient location at Covenant on the fourth floor of the Outpatient and Women’s Center.
Pediatric Specialty Care
Additionally, a UI Children’s Hospital pediatric specialty clinic will provide specialized care and consultations on the Covenant campus in the Covenant Clinic Pediatric office, located in Suite 510 of the Covenant Professional Office Building.
“Providing specialized health care close to home will benefit area families in a variety of ways, including improved access and less stress from travel,” said Jean Robillard, MD, UI Vice President for Medical Affairs. “This relationship will provide advanced care close to home while families continue to receive care from their own trusted providers. We are pleased to be working with the Covenant team and serving patients and families as part of this new endeavor."
“We have experienced positive results and feedback surrounding this new partnership,” said Teresa Horak, Director of Maternal Child Services. “We look forward to building this relationship as time progresses, in an effort to further enhance the high level of care we already strive to provide to the babies we care for.”
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Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare (WFH) is a faith-based 511-bed; not-for-profit, comprehensive medical/surgical health care provider offering acute levels of medical care at Covenant Medical Center, Waterloo; Sartori Memorial Hospital, Cedar Falls and Mercy Hospital, Oelwein.  In addition, WFH includes Covenant Clinic (138 primary care and sub-specialty providers); Covenant Foundation and Sartori Health Care Foundation.  Areas of excellence include: Cardiology, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Maternity and NICU, Cancer Treatment, Minimally-Invasive and Bariatric Surgery.  WFH invests in the communities we serve and is committed to living out the healing ministry by providing exceptional and compassionate health care service that promotes the dignity and well-being of the people we serve.             

University of Iowa Health Care (UI Health Care), based in Iowa City. UI Health Care is the state’s only comprehensive academic medical center. It includes University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, and University of Iowa Physicians, the state’s largest multi-specialty physician group practice that includes 1,432 physicians, residents, and fellows. There are also 7,482 non-physician employees. UI Health Care serves as a resource to the state with its research, medical education, patient care, and numerous other initiatives.

University of Iowa Health Alliance (UIHA) is comprised of five of Iowa’s premier health care organizations, including 50 hospitals and more than 160 clinics. Mercy Health Network based in Des Moines, Genesis Health System based in Davenport, Mercy-Cedar Rapids, and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Iowa in Waterloo have joined with University of Iowa Health Care of Iowa City to form the alliance. Its mission is stated as: “The University of Iowa Health Alliance will enhance the quality of health and life for Iowans through innovations in care coordination, clinical integration and prevention that reduce cost and improve efficiency.” Alliance members share a vision of creating an organization that can be a national leader in transforming health care through innovations in clinical care, research and education; development of new, integrated models of care delivery and financing; and optimizing population health. In doing this, the alliance strives to address the changing health care environment, ensuring patients throughout Iowa and its contiguous states receive the best possible care.