State Sen. Patricia Blevins (D—Elsmere), the Senate majority leader, toured the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Christiana Hospital on Monday, April 16. David Paul, M.D., a neonatologist at Christiana Hospital and chair of the Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium, hosted the tour. Blevins was impressed with the size and services of the NICU – the region’s only delivering hospital with a Level 3 neonatal intensive-care unit. Sen. Blevins also learned about the NICU Family Support Program, which was launched to inform and comfort families during the NICU hospitalization of their newborn and the transition to home life, and to help in the event of a newborn death.
“Christiana Care’s NICU is so impressive, not only for the extraordinary medical care that the infants are receiving, but also for the tremendous support that the entire family is receiving, both from Christiana Care and from their partnership with March of Dimes,” Sen. Blevins said. “These families are so lucky to have top-notch medical care along with such caring and compassionate care of the entire family, providing lifelong benefits for these at-risk babies.”
Also accompanying Sen. Blevins on her tour were: Sherry Monson, RN, MBA, MSN, vice president of Women’s and Children’s Services at Christiana Care; Aleks Casper, the state director of the March of Dimes, Delaware Chapter; Jennifer Uro, senior community director of the March of Dimes, Delaware Chapter; and Megan McGlinchey, chair of the board of directors for the March of Dimes, Delaware Chapter.