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Women & Infants named Center of Excellence for Neonatal Care for fifth year
Date:2/22/2011

For the fifth consecutive year, Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island has been named a Center of Excellence for Neonatal Care by the Clinical Sciences Institute of OptumHealth, an independent audit company. According to OptumHealth, not all health care providers are created equal. For complex medical conditions, the disparity is especially high. Through a rigorous evaluation process, OptumHealth developed Centers of Excellence networks that provide access to clinically superior, cost effective health care.

"The care that we provide not only to full-term newborns, but also to the tiniest, frailest infants, is extraordinary, and we are so proud to have that level of care acknowledged," said James F. Padbury, MD, pediatrician-in-chief at Women & Infants, and the Oh-Zopfi Professor of Pediatrics for Perinatal Research at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. "Being named a Center of Excellence for Neonatal Care gives the general and the health care community the reassurance of the high quality, compassionate care that is provided each and every day here at Women & Infants Hospital."

As the birthing place to nearly 9,000 babies each year, Women & Infants cares for newborns from the edges of viability to full-term newborns, in the hospital and after discharge. Babies born at Women & Infants represent 73% of those born in Rhode Island each year, as well as many from southeastern Massachusetts and eastern Connecticut.

In 2009, Women & Infants opened the nation's largest single-family room neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to provide the best possible care in the best possible environment for critically ill newborns.

"The single-family room NICU expands the field of neonatology from 'survival' to 'quality of life,'" continued Dr. Padbury. "Women & Infants' new NICU is a developmentally sensitive unit that promises to enhance infant growth and development by allowing us to adjust the noise, light, temperatu
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Contact: Amy Blustein
ablustein@wihri.org
401-681-2822
Women & Infants Hospital
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