Neonatology and Obstetrics are two medical practices with two very different types of patients, but Judy Aschner, M.D., director of the Division of Neonatology at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, has an
appropriate analogy. “They are connected by
an umbilical cord,” she says with a smile.
Aside from being a compelling visual, it’s also a fact: neither can work effectively in exclusion of the other. And by working closely together at Vanderbilt, those who practice the specialties are offering hope to many Middle Tennessee area families.
The relationship that has developed in just the last three to five years has already been so successful that critically ill, or premature newborns treated at the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the Children’s Hospital have higher survival rates and lower complication rates than babies in most other NICUs across the country. The success of Vanderbilt’s NICU program is well recognized by many delivery hospitals in the region that depend on the Vanderbilt Neonatal Angel Transport team for a fast and efficient plan to get babies to Vanderbilt. continued>>