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Wheeling Hospital Adds Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program

WHEELING — WVU Medicine has introduced another specialty at Wheeling Hospital, welcoming the WVU Medicine Children’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine program.

Maternal-fetal medicine specialists are physicians with advanced knowledge and training in medical, surgical, obstetrical, fetal and genetic complications of pregnancy and their effects on both the mother and baby.

The program’s specialists will provide consultations for women with complex medical and/or obstetrical complications before, during and after pregnancy. They also can co-manage or transfer prenatal care.

“The ability to keep complex patient care at a local level and manage that care with highly talented physicians from WVU Medicine is a true asset to patients in our community,” Wheeling Hospital CEO Douglass Harrison said.

The program serves more than 20 hospitals in the region with outreach obstetrical consultation services. The Wheeling schedule includes in-person consultations and telemedicine visits.

“We are delighted to extend our services to the Wheeling area to ensure that all women and babies of West Virginia and the region have the highest level of care,” said Dr. Annelee Boyle, the program’s medical director.

Services the program provides include medical disorders like cancer, heart or kidney disease, immune diseases and diabetes; pregnancy complications like twins and other multiple gestations, preterm labor and fetal abnormalities; diagnostic services and procedures like amniocentesis, fetal blood transfusion and fetal shunt placement; and genetics counseling for patients of advanced maternal age or with testing or ultrasound abnormalities.

The maternal-fetal medicine team will schedule initial consultations or first appointments by referral. For more information, call toll-free to 855-WVU-CARE (988-2273).

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