Our “Values in Action” series celebrates individuals and teams across all of MEDNAX who are living the Values of our company.
Twenty years ago, Janet Hilsabeck, NNP, moved with her young children to Victoria, Texas. A lifelong resident of Oklahoma City, Hilsabeck was looking for a fresh start within a day’s drive from Oklahoma. “I had never even heard of Victoria, Texas, and I was nervous about fitting in at my new practice,” said Hilsabeck. “I had been with the same neonatologist since I was 18 years old.”
For a critically ill infant, a completely human-based milk diet offers tremendous health benefits. That is why breast milk is highly encouraged by neonatologists treating premature babies. But physicians understand breastfeeding in the NICU may have additional challenges. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) agrees, releasing an updated policy statement this year speaking to the use and safety of donor milk in NICUs.
It is through practice that any human prepares for action. Simulation is a valuable tool that allows even experienced medical professionals to strengthen their abilities and preserve their existing skills. MEDNAX established its Simulation Program in January 2016 and currently provides training for anesthesia, neonatology and OB hospitalist service lines.
“I was ambitious and wanted a busy environment,” said Serjun Andaya, MD, remembering back to his first position out of training at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas with Pediatrix Medical Group of Nevada, a MEDNAX affiliate. “I loved working there,” he said. Andaya was drawn to Sunrise Hospital, with the busiest NICU in the state and patients from all over the region. Sunrise offered this young, up-and-coming physician the opportunity to practice while also gaining leadership experience early in his career as Associate Program Director.
When Windsor Altman was born more than two years ago, a Pediatrix newborn hearing screener tested the little girl’s hearing on her first day of life. Windsor did not pass the screen. Because Pediatrix performs the newborn hearing screen as soon as possible after birth, there was time for her to be rescreened at two days old before discharge from the hospital. Windsor did not pass the screen. Three weeks later, Windsor’s parents, Erica Lucci and Chris Altman, brought their daughter back to the hospital for a final screen as an outpatient.
If you’re a newborn medicine specialist interested in cutting-edge therapies that are shaping the future of the specialty, consider attending Innovations in Neonatal Care, August 7-9, in Austin, Texas.
A newborn hearing screen, performed shortly after birth, is essential to help identify babies at risk for hearing loss. Hospitals either use their own staff to perform screens or partner with a third-party provider, such as Pediatrix Newborn Hearing Screen Program, a MEDNAX affiliate. Because there is so much activity that occurs in the hospital after your baby is born, you may not even know the screen has been performed.