Children's National Moves Newborn into State-of-the-Art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
WASHINGTON, May 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Twenty-nine fragile newborns have a new home at Children's National Medical Center. The new, state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) opened Sunday, when the babies were transported from the hospital's existing NICU.
"This NICU was designed with input from our families, nurses, and medical care team members, and we couldn't be more proud," said Billie L. Short, MD, Chief of Neonatology at Children's National.
The 54-bed NICU at Children's National is the only Level IIIC NICU in national capital area, the highest distinction available by the American Academy of Pediatrics. That ranking is conferred on NICUs that offer ECMO (extra corporeal membrane oxygenation or heart/lung bypass), among other cutting edge services. Advanced practices and excellent outcomes have earned Children's NICU a top 10 ranking by U.S. News & World Report.
Other features of the new NICU include:
Dr. Short is part of the national cadre of neonatologists credited with "solving" lung development complications due to prematurity or injury at birth. Children's National is now focused on neuroprotection, to protect the brain and ensure that fragile newborns get a solid start once they leave the NICU.
Children's National Medical Center, located in Washington, DC, is a leader in innovative treatments for childhood illness and injury. Children's has served the nation's children for more than 135 years. Children's National is ranked among the best pediatric hospitals in America by US News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. For more information, visit www.childrensnational.org.
|SOURCE Children's National Medical Center|
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