Since 1998, FMH has partnered with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
to provide care to premature and critically ill infants through our Billy
Miller Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Recently, our program earned
accreditation as a Level III Perinatal Center, which now allows us to
care for newborns as young as 24 weeks gestational age.
Giving birth is one of the most natural things in the world. The vast majority
of women have uncomplicated, full-term pregnancies that result in healthy
infants who require very little to no specialized care. But for the relatively
small percentage of women whose pregnancies are classified as high risk,
or whose babies are born ill or prematurely, having a Level III Perinatal
Center for newborn care at FMH provides welcome peace of mind.
Frederick Memorial Hospital has a special arrangement with Johns Hopkins
School of Medicine, one of the nation’s leaders in pediatric research
and neonatal care, to provide the highest quality of newborn care for
premature or very ill infants. Led by Medical Director Dr.Bharti Razdan,
the Johns Hopkins team is made up of physicians and nurse practitioners
who specialize in neonatology, the field of pediatrics that focuses on
the care of ill and premature newborns.
Infants in our neonatal intensive care unit are cared for by a multidisciplinary
team that includes not only medical providers and nurses, but also a respiratory
therapist, social worker, nutritionist, physical and occupational therapists,
chaplain, and the most important team member—the parents—who
all collaborate to provide carefully coordinated care at this earliest,
most vulnerable stage of life. In addition, with the help of telemedicine
(when needed), other specialists such as a cardiologist or a neurologist
can provide consultation right here at FMH without having to transfer the baby.
What is Telemedicine?
Neonatologists in the Billy Miller NICU have the ability to connect with
pediatric cardiologists, neurologists, and other specialists at Children’s
National Medical Center in DC and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore
using telemedicine. Telemedicine is the electronic exchange of medical
information from one site using technologies like interactive two-way
video, smart phones, and other wireless tools. Offsite specialists can
see the newborn in real time through a high-resolution camera and scope
equipment, listen to their heartbeat, lung, and bowel sounds, and review
diagnostic tests. Telemedicine allows our neonatal intensive care team
to collaborate with other high level pediatric specialists without actually
having to transfer the infant to another location.
“Caring for these babies here in Frederick instead of transporting
them keeps our families together at a critical time,” said Dr. Razdan.
“It helps the mom and dad to bond with the baby and provides an
opportunity for them to participate in the care of their baby. And when
parents and siblings become a part of their baby’s care immediately,
everyone learns together—and the baby benefits from the constant
early, loving contact that only their family can give.”
To learn more about the Billy Miller NICU at FMH, as well as our BirthPlace,