Virginia Hospital Center and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC, US, have signed a three-year agreement to improve neonatal care in Northern Virginia.
Children’s National will manage Virginia Hospital Center’s Level 3B Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) from 15 August 2012.
Virginia Hospital Center vice president and chief medical officer Dr Jeffrey DiLisi said Children’s National’s involvement will add greater depth to the neonatology program, which the Arlington Neonatology Group established over a decade ago.
"Our tiniest patients will continue to receive the best care with even more advanced medical services and resources available through Children’s National," Dr DiLisi added.
Children’s National will provide clinical services, operations and administrative management of the NICU including direct patient care, medical record management and, in collaboration with CH Q1 initiatives, compliance with the paediatric inpatient regional standard of care provision.
Children’s National neonatology division chief and Virginia Hospital Center’s new NICU medical director Dr Billie Lou Short will manage the unit’s daily activities with assistance from the Children’s team.
Children’s National hospital-based specialties senior vice president David Wessel said, "We are pleased to work with Virginia Hospital Center to enhance care for their patients and families."
Virginia Hospital Center’s NICU cares for babies at 24 and above weeks gestational age, providing respiratory support for babies requiring high-frequency ventilation with an oscillator, and nitric oxide for babies in need of help to circulate blood with higher levels of oxygen.