COVERAGE BY CNYCENTRAL
Isabella Josephine Edwards said “Take Me to Crouse” this past Wednesday, as she entered the world in her parents’ vehicle en route to the hospital in Syracuse from the village of Marcellus, about 15 miles southwest of Syracuse.
When Nick Edwards, a volunteer member of the Marcellus Fire Department, and Jessica Lingyak pulled into the Emergency Department parking lot, our staff quickly swung into action to attend to mother and child.
“Everyone who cared for us was amazing,” said Jessica. “They were able to keep me calm, and Nick calm and were very concerned about seeing that our baby was safe and well.”
The family went home this afternoon to join big sister, Emily, 7, and begin their new life together. They say after they get settled, they’ll sit Emily down and explain the unique circumstances surrounding her new sibling’s birth. “I still can’t quite even believe it myself,” said Jessica.
Paul Feliu, PA, and Gina Hayes, MD, extended kudos to fellow ED staff members Jennifer Cain, secretary; Tino Vega from Security; and Beth Naprakowski, RN, for their response to the situation. “When Dr. Hayes and I arrived on the scene, Beth was already holding the baby and started care,” said Paul.
After clamping the umbilical cord and allowing the father to cut it, Beth and Dr. Hayes brought the baby inside to the ED, where Crouse neonatal intensive unit providers began supportive care of the baby girl. Jessica was put on a stretcher bound for Labor & Delivery, and soon mother and daughter were deemed fine.
After the incident, Paul reflected on what he saw as amazing teamwork. “Hospital staff performed seamlessly while rapidly responding and initiating care immediately. It began with our front desk staff and triage nurse, and extended to the entire Emergency Department, NICU and L&D staff,” said Paul. “I’m proud to work with all of them.”
Dr. Hayes concurred, saying “our ED team, L&D team and NICU team showed true Crouse spirit.” This sense of teamwork is reflected in three of our Crouse values: C - working together; U - undivided commitment to quality and S - service to our employees, physicians and patients...especially our tiniest patients such as Isabella!