Advanced Care for Women with High-risk Pregnancies

By: Laura Jane Walker
Friday, November 6, 2015

Women who have high-risk pregnancies require expert care. Maternal-fetal medicine specialists at WellSpan Health have the training and experience to provide that level of care, offering patients and referring physicians in communities across South Central Pennsylvania peace of mind and promoting optimal outcomes.

Five perinatologists — all of whom are fellowship-trained and board-certified — regularly address a wide range of issues, including high blood pressure, mild to severe diabetes, multiple gestations, fetal abnormalities, and genetic and other disorders. Among the services they provide are detailed ultrasound, consultation and co-management of complicated pregnancies, and invasive procedures including amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling and cordocentesis.

“We are a large group that has many years of experience in maternal-fetal medicine,” says Mary Jo Johnson, MD, perinatologist at WellSpan Maternal-Fetal Medicine. “We offer a complete array of services.”

Seasoned Providers

WellSpan has made a significant investment in building the program by assembling an exceptional team of physicians incorporating state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Johnson says.

“We have the equipment and expertise necessary to provide a higher level of care to mothers who may be at risk for complications during pregnancy,” she adds. “We’re able to screen for a broad spectrum of conditions and abnormalities, and we can perform complex tests and operations.”

Fellowship training ensures that the perinatologists in WellSpan’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine program are on the leading edge of treatment.

“This allows WellSpan to offer the highest level of care,” says James Hole, DO, perinatologist at WellSpan Maternal-Fetal Medicine. “We take care of virtually every condition an expectant mother might face, including pregnancies that require critical care. Our training helps us stay apprised of trends in the field, advanced therapies and more complex procedures.”

Accessible Care, Close Partnerships

WellSpan offers maternal-fetal medicine services throughout the region, within WellSpan’s local systems of care in York, Gettysburg, Ephrata and Chambersburg. Dr. Hole says the group’s goal is to keep care as local as possible. Perinatologists are available to consult with patients in their own communities and treat conditions that would otherwise require travel outside the community. In addition, through WellSpan’s antepartum transport services, expectant mothers have rapid access to a higher level of care via ambulance or air transfer when needed. Collaboration with referring physicians is also vital, Dr. Johnson notes.

“We work diligently to co-manage a patient’s pregnancy with her obstetrician so she can deliver at her home hospital,” she says. “We’re here to partner with these physicians to help take care of their patients in situations of risk and to improve outcomes and prevent complications.”

For more information, visit or call 717-851-2722 in York, 717-338-3292 in Gettysburg, 877-722-1757 in Chambersburg or 866-244-3492 in Ephrata.