SLCH and Community Partners Hold Third Annual Baby Shower

SLCH and Community Partners Hold Third Annual Baby Shower


Newburgh, NY – The St. Luke’s Cornwall Health System Foundation, the Kiwanis of Newburgh, the Newburgh Free Academy Key Club and the Newburgh Elks #247 recently hosted the Third Annual Baby Shower at the St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Newburgh (SLCH) campus.

This year’s event included an overwhelming amount of donations including crocheted baby blankets from the Vails Gate United Methodist Church, hand knit items from Knit-tastics of both Gardnertown and Town of Newburgh, as well as many other donations including car seats, clothing, diapers, wipes and toys from First Presbyterian Church of Montgomery, Adams Fair Acre Farms, Pet Smart, and many community members. All items donated during the event will be used to support the infants and families born at the SLCH Birthing Center, including the Elaine Kaplan Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

“Thank you to everyone who contributed, and especially to our friends at the Kiwanis, Key Club and Elks for their hard work and dedication to this annual event,” said Joan Cusack-McGuirk, SLCH President and CEO. “These donations help to tremendously alleviate some of the stress of having a newborn and allow families to focus on the most important task of bonding with their babies."

SLCH has been recognized three straight years by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, as a 5-star recipient for Natural Childbirth. The St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Birthing Center features some of the newest technologies in the industry, including a wireless fetal monitoring system that allows women in labor to walk freely throughout their labor room. In addition, SLCH labor and delivery rooms include private bathroom and shower, as well as private and semi-private recovery rooms. Birthing suites for labor, delivery, recovery and post-partum (LDRP) are also available to allow new mothers to remain in the same room throughout their entire birthing experience. The facility also includes a private lactation room where families can utilize all of SLCH’s breastfeeding resources, and a comprehensive infant security program

The SLCH Birthing Center utilizes a family-centered model of care, communicating with members of a new mother’s support network to ensure there is an understanding of how to care for both the mother and baby before they leave the hospital. A certified lactation consultant also provides assistance and education on breastfeeding techniques and nutrition.

The Elaine Kaplan Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, located just steps away from the Birthing Center, offers acute and chronic care for premature and ill full-term infants throughout the region. The first Level II NICU in Orange County, the facility’s state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment tools allow the specially-trained team to continuously monitor an infant’s condition, deliver fluids, nutrition and medication, as well as monitor vital signs.

About St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital
St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) is a not-for-profit community hospital with campuses in Newburgh and Cornwall, NY. The hospital is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the Hudson Valley and has achieved excellence in the delivery of compassionate and comprehensive health care services. The Joint Commission noted SLCH for excellence in Key Quality Measures in the management of Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Stroke and Surgical Care. SLCH is also recognized as an industry leader in using information technology to improve patient care, by winning the Most Wired Award for the fourth year in a row. In January 2018, SLCH officially became part of the Montefiore Health System to strengthen the delivery of health care locally and enhance access to exceptional specialty care for Hudson Valley residents.