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Release Date: 04/14/2015

Betty Vohr, MD, medical director of the Neonatal Follow-Up Program in the Department of Pediatrics at Women & Infants Hospital and professor of pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, was awarded the Stan and Mavis Graven’s Leadership Award for Outstanding Contributions to Enhancing the Physical and Developmental Environment for High-Risk Infants and their Families. Dr. Vohr accepted the award at the 28th Annual Graven’s Conference on the Physical and Developmental Environment of the High Risk Infant, in collaboration with March of Dimes, in March in Clearwater Beach, FL.

The Graven’s Leadership Award is presented annually to an individual who has made a substantial contribution to the health and care of newborns in intensive care facilities. The purpose of the conference is to provide the neonatal provider community an opportunity to explore the current state of neonatal care and look toward what measures in the future will best support high-risk infants, their families and professionals assisting in their care.

“We are so proud of Dr. Vohr for receiving this prestigious award in recognition of her ground-breaking work in high risk infant care,” said Mark Marcantano, president and coo of Women & Infants. “Her research and innovative methods have been critical to advancing best practice medical care for these patients. We will have generations of healthier babies because of her dedication and commitment to this population.”

Dr. Vohr has been the director of Women & Infants Hospital’s Neonatal Follow-up Clinic since 1974 and medical director of the Rhode Island Hearing Assessment Program since 1990. Dr. Vohr has been the national coordinator of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network follow-up studies since 1990. Her primary clinical and research interests focus on improving the long-term outcomes of high-risk premature infants and infants with hearing loss.

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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 9th 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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