HONESDALE — It was a doubly gratifying moment for the staff at Wayne Memorial Hospital’s New Beginnings Birthing Suites.

First, the March of Dimes presented them with a thank-you plaque marking National Prematurity Awareness Month and, specifically, the group’s “Day of Gratitude” on November 16th.

In turn, the staff was able to show off its new tele-neonatology unit, which is designed specifically to help high-risk infants such as premature newborns.

The unit offers immediate access to neonatal intensive care specialists at Lehigh Valley Hospital via advanced tele-medicine equipment.

New Beginnings Clinical Coordinators Mary Beth Dastalfo, RN and Janice Pettinato, RN, said it’s a great asset in the unit and “comforting to know an expert is immediately available to give consult and recommendations.”

Noting that the March of Dimes is a non-profit committed to preventing birth defects and infant death, Tracey Trapp told the staff “how much we appreciate all the work you do at Wayne Memorial for babies.”

The tele-neonatology unit was funded in part by a grant from the USDA.