Van Wert Health gets new baby box

Van Wert Health is looking to save more unwanted babies and give them a chance at life. They unveiled their newest addition to the hospital: a Safe Haven Baby Box.

Posted: Jan 28, 2019 8:23 PM
Updated: Jan 29, 2019 8:57 AM

VAN WERT, Ohio. (WFFT) - There are 8 Safe Haven Baby Boxes in the nation. Now there are two in Ohio. The first in Hicksville and now the second in Van Wert.

"It's that whole mission for us to be the best community hospital. What would a community hospital do? What's the right thing to do? We just felt this was the right thing to do," said Van Wert Health CEO Jim Pope.

Van Wert Health is the second place in Ohio to get a Safe Haven Baby Box. They did an unveiling Monday morning.
With all the construction going on to add more additions to the hospital, this is the first one they're celebrating.

The Founder and CEO of Safe Haven Baby Box, Monica Kelsey, said this option is being sought after in many places.

"We're legal in three states now: Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. We're getting ready to launch in Pennsylvania soon. There's five other states working on legislation. I didn't realize it was going to get this big. I wanted to work in Indiana. Then I started working in Indiana and we started saving babies in Indiana. There's all these different states that need us," she said.

The hospital has someone on site 24 hours a day to take care of the baby if one is dropped off.

This option also gives mothers the opportunity to remain anonymous.

As soon as the door is opened to that baby box, an alarm is sent to the Emergency department notifying them so the baby isn't left there too long.

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