The Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine program has two locations for its training.
The primary location is the Sheldon B. Korones Newborn Center at the MED. The Newborn Center is a 60 bed level III NICU with about 1200 admissions a year and over 5000 deliveries in the hospital. There are significant numbers of high risk deliveries as this is the regional referral center for West TN. Patients are also referred from Arkansas, Mississippi and southern Missouri.
The NICU is staffed by attending neonatologist supervising fellows, Pediatric/Med-peds/Family practice residents and NNPs. There are over 100 staff RNs and 12 respiratory therapists covering patient care services. The NICU team also has the support of fulltime social workers, nutritionist, pharmacist, speech and occupational therapist and research nurses. The rotations through this NICU expose fellows to high risk deliveries, resuscitation and stabilization and management of VLBW infants. It also provides opportunities for the fellows to learn prenatal consultations and management and supervision and teaching of residents and NNPs.
The Newborn Center follow-up clinic also provides the fellows training in follow-up and developmental assessments. Located at the Regional Medical Center, the clinic is staffed by neonatologists, developmental pediatricians and general pediatricians. The clinic is supported by clinical psychologists, social workers, nutritionist and speech and occupational therapists.
Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
The second facility is the NICU at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. This NICU is a level III NICU receiving transports from surrounding areas. Over 300 admissions a year are mainly comprise of surgical and cardiac neonates along with some infants who need multispecialty care. The newly built Le Bonheur Children's Hospital which opened in December 2010 has a 60 bed level III NICU with all private rooms and state of the art facilities for critically ill neonates. The NICU is staffed by attending neonatologists, NNPs and neonatal fellows. The rotations in this NICU give critical experience to the trainees regarding pre and post-surgical care.