Pediatrics: Neonatology

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  1. Teaching Staff – Currently there are 20 faculty neonatologists from the Medical College of Wisconsin who staff the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin NICU.  Additionally, there are fifteen neonatal nurse practitioners as well as pharmacists, nutritionists, respiratory therapists, and social workers. There is also a full complement of sub specialists in pediatrics based throughout the hospital.
  2. Facilities – The fellow will spend most of their time at Froedtert Memorial Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin fulfilling several rotations including the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Maternal Fetal Medicine and Anesthesiology. St. Joseph’s Hospital is a community based hospital which the fellow will also rotate through.

    Froedtert Hospital is the primary institution where the fellow will spend time for delivery room activities, as well as a two week rotation in the Newborn Nursery (which is actually a Level 2 NICU).  There are six faculty perinatologists and an active obstetric residency-training program.  Fetal diagnostic procedures including ultrasound, percutaneous umbilical blood sampling, intrauterine fetal transfusions, are carried out as well as routine fetal heart rate and acid base monitoring during labor.  High-risk pregnancies constitute nearly 40% of the total patients and more than 30% of newborns delivered here are admitted to the NICU at Children's Hospital. The perinatologists and neonatologists interact closely and have weekly perinatal rounds and monthly morbidity and mortality conferences.  An elective rotation is available for the fellow to learn basic fetal monitoring techniques.

    Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is physically connected to Froedtert Hospital and was established in 1988.  The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has 43 beds in a state of the art facility that opened in September 2002.   ECMO, high frequency oscillation, and inhaled nitric oxide are frequently carried out on appropriate patients. Each year the NICU admits approximately 650 babies with neonatal transport admissions of approximately 300 annually.  In addition to the NICU, there is a Neonatal Progressive Care Unit (NPCU) with 16 beds which are used for babies who are no longer critically ill but need intensive care. The NPCU has private patient rooms which allow families to be more involved in their child’s care as discharge approaches. We are in the process of expanding and the construction of a state-of-the-art 71-bed NICU is underway and patients will be occupying this unit in the winter of 2014.  In addition to the hospitals, there is a well-organized, active high-risk developmental follow-up clinic.  All eligible patients from the NICU are seen in this clinic. Faculty from the Medical College also staffs the follow-up clinic.
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