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Women & Infants Named a Best Children's Hospital in Neonatology
06/10/2014

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England Hospital, has been named a 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology by U.S. News Media Group. The full report is now available online at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals.

“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 Mark R. Marcantano, president and chief operating officer of Women & Infants Hospital.  

Dennis Keefe, president and chief executive officer at Care New England, said, “At Care New England our pursuit of continuous quality improvement is unrelenting, and this designation for one of our flagship hospitals as a Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology is a testament to that commitment to quality.”

As the birthing place to nearly 8,400 babies each year, Women & Infants cares for newborns from the edges of viability to full-term newborns, in the hospital and after discharge. Recognizing the importance of the birth experience for the whole family, the hospital’s Mother Baby Units provide individual, personalized care to moms and babies together, promoting early success and lasting relationships.

In collaboration with colleagues in pediatric surgery and all of the pediatric subspecialties at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Women & Infants provides care for sophisticated, complex problems of high-risk newborns born throughout southern New England. 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 what was at the time 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 has expanded the field of neonatology from ‘survival’ to ‘quality of life, and we have seen that first-hand in the five years since opening our single-family room unit,’” said James F. Padbury, MD, pediatrician-in-chief and chief of Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and the William and Mary Oh-William and Elsa Zopfi Professor of Pediatrics for Perinatal Research at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. “Women & Infants’ NICU is a developmentally sensitive unit that enhances infant growth and development by allowing us to adjust the noise, light, temperature and medical interventions in each room based on each patient’s need. Controlling the environment decreases dependence on respiratory support, decreases the incidence of complications, improves weight gain, shortens the hospital stay, and improves the infant’s developmental outcome.”

The eighth annual rankings highlight the top 50 U.S. hospitals in each of 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonary, and urology. In the 2014-15 rankings, 89 hospitals ranked in at least one of the 10 specialties.

For the full rankings and methodology, visit www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals.

About Women & Infants Hospital
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the eighth largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country with nearly 8,400 deliveries per year. In 2009, Women & Infants opened the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.  

New England’s premier hospital for women and newborns, Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s only mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Center of Excellence from the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center for In Vitro Maturation Excellence by SAGE In Vitro Fertilization; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health; and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the National Institutes of Health’s Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.

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