NICU partners with Children's National
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center has partnered with the division of neonatology at Children’s National Health System to extend expert neonatal care to the Woodbridge, Va., metropolitan area.
Ranked in the top-10 neonatal programs nationally by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s National neonatologists will provide Level 1 (well-baby nursery) and Level 2 (intermediate nursery) coverage within the Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center state-of-the-art NICU. It will be closely linked to the Level IV NICU at Children’s National main campus. Additionally, the neonatologists will work alongside hospital staff and on-staff obstetricians to determine care for newborns, as well as mother and baby treatment plans.
“We are excited to partner with such an esteemed organization and bring this high-quality, specialized service to the families of our community,” says Marlene Bolster, vice president of operations for Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.
Medical Director Ashraf Afifi, M.D., leads the program, which consists of two other board-certified neonatologists and six neonatal nurse practitioners from Children’s National.
Billie Lou Short, M.D., Chief of Neonatology at Children’s National says, “The goal of this partnership is to provide cutting-edge care for sick newborns in an environment that allows considerate and compassionate relationships with our patients and families, while fostering a close partnership with our referring institutions and physicians.”
This partnership extends the specialized neonatology services provided by Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC beyond the walls of their central hospital, helping to enhance the care of newborn patients closer to home.