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Release Date: 06/08/2015

Dr. James F. Padbury, 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, was honored with the Silver Rattle Award from the Rhode Island Healthy Mothers, Health Babies Coalition at the coalition’s annual May Breakfast.

Since 2001, the Silver Rattle Award has been given to someone or an organization that has “shaken up the system for Rhode Island mothers and babies.” Dr. Padbury was awarded by the coalition specifically for his continued efforts to develop the single-family room neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Women & Infants Hospital, a Care New England hospital.

Dr. Padbury gave the keynote address at this year’s breakfast, during which he highlighted the history of the new model of the NICU as well as the successes and challenges the unit has faced since its inception in 2009.

Previous Women & Infants Hospital winners of the Silver Rattle Award include Dr. Barry Lester, professor and founding director of the Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk; Dr. Betty Vohr medical director of the Neonatal Follow-Up Program; Donald R. Coustan, MD, director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine's Diabetes in Pregnancy Program; and Maureen G. Phipps, MD, MPH, Chace-Joukowsky Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and assistant dean for Teaching and Research in Women’s Health at the Alpert Medical School, professor of epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health, and chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital and Care New England Health System.

About Health Mothers, Healthy Babies
Healthy Mothers, Health Babies (HMHB) was founded in 1981, prompted by the US Surgeon General’s conference on infant mortality. Six lead organizations established the informal coalition to improve the quality and reach of public and professional education related to prenatal and infant care: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the March of Dimes, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Nurses Association (ANA), the National Congress of Parents and Teachers and the US Public Health Service.

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 12th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

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 first 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 Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); 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 Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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