The Division is a component of the hospital's State-designated Level III Perinatal Center. The Division specializes in the delivery of sophisticated care to distressed newborns with emphasis on the care of very low birthweight infants. It provides 24-hour transport service for neonatal referrals from outlying hospitals using a specially trained transport team. The staff is available for physician-to-physician consultation regarding problem cases. Attending board-certified neonatologists work closely with referring physicians in planning ongoing care following the immediate crisis, with return of the infant to the local hospital when feasible. Infant progress while at the Center is regularly communicated to the physician.
In addition to low birthweight cases, the division has special expertise in the care of infants with sepsis, blood loss, seizures, respiratory distress syndrome, congenital anomalies, hyperbilirubinemia, surgical conditions, and diagnostic problems. Expanding research programs include fetal development and nutrition in utero and methods of drug withdrawal for infants born to substance abusing mothers.
The Division provides long-term follow-up care of neonatal intensive care graduates in collaboration with pediatric neurology, child development, social services, and nutrition.
Rani Thomas, APN