inthrop-University Hospital was recently
named a New York State Regional Perinatal Center (RPC), a prestigious designation that
recognizes Winthrop's ability to deliver the
highest level of obstetrical and perinatal care to patients throughout the region.
"We are very enthusiastic about this new designation and are confident that Winthrop and its distinguished
partners will provide one of the best models for improving maternal, fetal and neonatal care in the region," stated
Dev Maulik, MD, Ph.D., Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. "Endowed with a nationally known medical faculty and a state-of-the-art facility, Winthrop is recognized for its comprehensive, advanced expertise in managing high-risk mothers and infants."
With 5,000 babies born at Winthrop and 8,000 in the RPC network each year, the designation recognizes the Hospital as a center of excellence in New York State for
its superior level of care. As a Regional Perinatal Center, Winthrop shares educational resources, helps formulate policies of management, provides outreach training and helps coordinate quality initiative programs with area
hospitals within Winthrop's network, including South Nassau Communities Hospital, New Island Hospital and
St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx. Additionally, these
hospitals will be able to transport mothers and babies to Winthrop in the event they require a higher level of care.
This bodes well for new parents like Jeanna and Daniel Fine, who recently experienced the wonders Winthrop
can do for sick babies.
Helping The Tiniest Patients
Jeanna Fine carried her daughter, Madison, to full term and was excited to meet her new, healthy baby. On September 6th, Jeanna and her husband Daniel drove
to Winthrop for her scheduled cesarean section full of hope. They had no reason to think anything would go wrong with their baby.
"...We knew that our daughter was in the best hands."
But, it did. After the delivery, Jeanna's hopes of
snuggling her newborn close, feeding her and showing her off to relatives and friends were crushed. Madison was not breathing properly. She had fluid in her lungs and doctors soon diagnosed her with having pneumonia. Madison was quickly whisked away from her new parents so doctors could suction the fluid. But her breathing remained labored and doctors found traces of blood in her lungs. Madison was soon put on a respirator to help her breathing and given a feeding tube.
"When the doctors put Madison on antibiotics for seven days, I realized we wouldn't be taking her home for a while," said Jeanna. "It was a scary experience, but we knew that our daughter was in the best hands."
Madison spent the next week in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where doctors and nurses monitored her
condition around the clock. Because of the resources
available to the medical team at Winthrop, the Fine's
experience turned out to be much better than they
could have hoped.
Today, the Fine Family is happy and healthy thanks to the care received at Winthrop's Institute for Family Care.|
and nurses were
extraordinary," stated Jeanna. "They answered all of our questions and
treated us with kindness, compassion and respect."
"In fact," she added, "one of the nurses in the NICU noticed my visible distress and took me aside to talk to me, listen and comfort me. They told me to call anytime of the day or night. I actually called
at 4 a.m. and the nurses happily updated me on her condition and what she was doing. It was very comforting."
Thanks to the expertise of Winthrop's maternal/fetal team, Madison Fine is now home with her new family. Jeanna reports that their 2-year-old son, Harrison has taken on his new role of big brother with great enthusiasm.
"Winthrop was chosen as a Regional Perinatal Center for our exemplary delivery of obstetric, neonatal and
perinatal care," said Warren Rosenfeld, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics.
The Fine family couldn't agree more.
For more information on Winthrop's Institute for Family Care, call 866-WINTHROP.