NICU Honored for Exceptional Follow-up Care

NorthBay Healthcare's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was recently honored by the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative for the care the NICU team gives its babies even after they've gone home.

The NorthBay NICU received a 2017 "Follow Up Award," recognizing its work to assure that high-risk infants cared for in the NICU were seen in outpatient care during the next three years, through the California Children's Services' High Risk Infant Follow-up Program (HRIF). The HRIF program aims to identify neonates and infants who are at risk of neurodevelopmental delays or disabilities, so they may be provided with appropriate assessments and referrals to services.

NorthBay's NICU was one of seven to be recognized.

"The fact that NorthBay was one of only seven to earn this award is truly remarkable," noted Steve Gwiazdowski, M.D. "There are more than 100 NICUs across California that have HRIF programs, including those at all the major university and academic centers - so we are in good company."

Earning this award is not easy, he added.

"There are many hours devoted to making sure our babies are seen in follow-up. To the NICU team, I must say I am simply humbled by your commitment to outstanding patient care."

"What a fantastic recognition and external acknowledgement of your ongoing dedication to our tiniest patients," added Aimee Brewer, president of NorthBay Healthcare Group. "I am in continued awe of the work you do."