Innovative Approach to Data Collection Improves NICU Outcomes

Dr. Rhein

Recognizing that their process for data collection was less efficient and potentially delaying their ability to make timely decisions when caring for critically ill infants, Lawrence Rhein, MD, chief of neonatology, gathered a work group of clinical and technical experts. The team identified opportunities for improvement; develop solutions to streamline the way data was collected; cut down on the time it took to transfer data; and eliminate manual extraction in order to reduce the risk of error. The team was recently recognized for their innovative approach to solving this issue by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society in a recent blog post. Read article.

Five-year-old Requests NICU Donations for Her Birthday

When Charlie Audet was born, she spent some time in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) because she wasn’t getting enough oxygen. Fast forward five years, and Charlie decided to give back to the place that helped her get a good start in life. She asked her family and friends to help her raise money for the NICU in lieu of gifts for her fifth birthday. Charlie recently visited the unit and delivered her donation of $460 to Lawrence Rhein, MD, MPH, chief of neonatology and NICU director. “She’s a pretty special girl,” said Charlie’s mom, Jen. “She always hears us talking about the NICU because it was a pretty big deal to us.” In addition to being covered on Worcester News Tonight (watch video below), Charlie’s story appeared in the Telegram & Gazette and on channels 5 and 7.

Women’s Health Series: Take a Virtual Maternity Center Tour

Delivering a baby may not be “simple,” but deciding where to deliver should be! In response to an increasing demand for tours of our Maternity Center, we now offer an online tour of the Medical Center’s Mother-Baby Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). In addition to providing parents-to-be with a snapshot of both units, the video includes a brief overview of what to expect when delivery time comes from Julia Johnson, MD, chair of obstetrics and gynecology, Larry Rhein, MD, chief of the NICU, and fellow parents who have experienced first-hand what it’s like to deliver here. Watch the tour and check out our other resources by visiting Simply Women. #SimplyWomen

Watch Video: Dr. Rhein on Topic on Safe Sleep for Infants

Lawrence Rhein, MD, chair, neonatology, was interviewed by Worcester News Tonight about safe sleep practices parents should be exercising to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). “It is surprising that it’s still happening because this is theoretically a potentially preventable issue,” said Dr. Rhein. Education is key to preventing SIDS, which is why parents are taught proper sleep habits before they are discharged with their baby.

Families with NICU Babies Treated to Special Dinner!

NICUdinnerA stroke of good luck at last fall’s March of Dimes’ Signature Chef’s Auction, resulted in two complementary meals for family members of our littlest patients. Families of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients gathered for delicious dinners courtesy of Niche Hospitality Group on June 8 and 28. During each event, families were invited to visit with members of the NICU team while enjoying the mouthwatering buffet that included quinoa salad, macaroni and cheese, shrimp and vegetable sauté, beef sirloin and fruit salad. Learn more about our NICU. Pictured: Larry Rhein, MD, chief, NICU, and Patty Kady, March of Dimes, were on hand to greet families at the complementary NICU Night Out dinner.