The University of Louisville Division of Neonatal Medicine is composed of neonatal-perinatal specialists engaged in clinical care, education, and research. The neonatal division is made up of 21 neonatologists, 25 Neonatal nurse practitioners, 7 fellows, a Neonatal Follow-up Program, a Research PhD, a PhD Clinical Psychologist, a research assistant and 4 administrators. Neonatologists are available for prenatal and postnatal consultation, attendance at high risk delivery, ongoing patient care and routine newborn care at the request of pediatricians or obstetricians. These physicians are on the medical staff of and care for infants at nine Kentucky and Indiana hospitals.
The Division of Neonatal Medicine physicians direct the level four Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery at Children's Hospital, the only children's hospital in the western half of the state.
A full range of neonatal intensive care services, including neonatal and pediatric surgery, heart surgery, nitric oxide therapy, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation are available at Children's Hospital. A high-level transport service brings babies to Children's Hospital from southern Indiana and throughout Kentucky. The Division of Neonatal Medicine physicians also direct the level three Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery at the University of Louisville Hospital.
Around the State
In addition to providing neonatal care in the Louisville area, the Division of Neonatal Medicine physicians also direct Neonatal Intensive Intensive Care Nurseries at Owensboro Medical Center in Owensboro, Kentucky and at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, Kentucky. Providing neonatal care in Paducah and Owensboro allows for greater options in newborn care for infants and their families. In many cases, this allows babies to be kept close to their homes, families and primary care physicians.
After the NICU
In addition, the division also includes a that provides developmental care and evaluation for those infants most at risk. Depending on the needs of the child, infants are seen only a short time or until school age. The program’s staff includes neonatologists, a developmental psychologist, clinical nurse specialist, and physical, occupational and speech therapists. These specialists have specific knowledge and interest in high risk infant development.
The division participates in exciting research to improve the care for the tiniest and/or sickest of infants. The education and training of future physicians is of utmost importance to the division which participates actively in medical student and resident education and maintains a fellowship program. Continuing education is a high priority for the division, with the faculty participating in many local, regional, national, and international scientific and educational presentations.
The University of Louisville is an Anthem Foundation Grant Recipient: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) has become a public health emergency within the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In 2000, there were 29 babies identified with NAS, compared with over 1000 cases in 2014. Thanks to the generous grant from the Anthem Foundation, the UofL Division of Neonatal Medicine will be able to utilize their strengths in education, advocacy and quality improvement methodology to educate providers and stakeholders; and standardize the evaluation, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments; as well as promoting comprehensive follow-up for the patient and families of infants with NAS.