Children's National Partners with Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center's NICU January 08, 2015

Washington, DC – The Division of Neonatology at Children’s National Health System haspartnered with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Sentara NorthernVirginia Medical Center to extend expert neonatal care to the Woodbridge, Va., metropolitanarea.  

The only neonatal program in the region ranked in the nationaltop 10 by U.S. News & World Report,Children’s National neonatologists will provide Level 1 (well-baby nursery) andLevel 2 (intermediate nursery) coverage within the Sentara Northern VirginiaMedical Center NICU. It will be closely linked to the Level IV NICU atChildren’s National main campus. Additionally, the neonatologists will workalongside hospital staff and on-staff obstetricians to determine care fornewborns, as well as mother and baby treatment plans.

“We are excited to partner with such an esteemedorganization and bring this high-quality, specialized service to the familiesof our community,” says Marlene Bolster, Vice President of Operations forSentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.

Medical Director AshrafAfifi, MD, leads a team of neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitionersin providing outstanding care of neonatal patients at Sentara Northern VirginiaMedical Center.

BillieLou Short, MD, Chief of Neonatology at Children’s National says, “the goal ofthis partnership is to provide cutting-edge care for sick newborns in anenvironment that allows considerate and compassionate relationships with ourpatients and families, while fostering a close partnership with our referringinstitutions and physicians.”

This partnership serves as an example of Children’s NationalHealth System’s ongoing effort to extend and advance service to communitiesoutside the walls of the central hospital location and help enhance the care ofnewborn patients closer to home.

About Children’s National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is ranked in the top 20 in every specialty evaluated by U.S. News & World Report; one of only four children’s hospitals in the nation to earn this distinction. Designated a Leapfrog Group Top Hospital and a two-time recipient of Magnet® status, this pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is one of the nation’s top NIH-funded pediatric institutions. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. For more information, visit, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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