US-based Children’s National Hospital and Howard University Hospital (HUH) have expanded their partnership in neonatal care.    

Under the new partnership agreement, neonatologists from Children’s National will provide care in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at HUH.

The two institutions have been working together to achieve a common goal of providing high quality newborn care.

Children’s National is also the paediatric and maternal mental health research partner of Howard University Medical School.

Children’s National’s neonatologist Ololade Okito has been named as the medical director of the NICU at HUH. 

Okito said: “This collaboration will ensure more newborns in the Washington, DC, metro area have an equal opportunity to achieve optimal health outcomes.

“By combining our strengths and efforts to address health disparities, this collaboration will serve as a model for local and national leaders in clinical excellence, research, education and advocacy.”

While HUH is a Level III NICU offering care for babies born prematurely, Children’s National is a Level IV NICU that offers treatment to nearly 1,000 newborns a year.

At least 50% of the newborns admitted to Children’s National are offered ventilator support, and 30% suffer from conditions that require surgery.

HUH CEO Anita Jenkins said: “We are proud to partner with Children’s National on this new endeavour to bring their renowned neonatal healthcare services to Howard University Hospital.

“Advancing neonatal care is integral to raising the health equity of DC residents, and this partnership is rooted in our longstanding commitment to provide high-quality neonatal and maternal care to mothers, babies and families in the nation’s capital.”