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Pediatric Update

Sept. 16, 2013

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit GRAD (Great Results After Discharge) Program

We are pleased to announce the opening of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit GRAD (Great Results After Discharge) Program, a multidisciplinary service provided by Yale Neonatology and Perinatal Service and Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital.

Premature and medically complex infants discharged from a neonatal intensive care unit receive specialized care designed specifically to monitor their growth and development as well as to support their and their parents' transition to home. Patients are seen at our Pediatric Specialty Center at 1 Long Wharf in New Haven, on Friday mornings.

The NICU GRAD Program is directed by Richard A. Ehrenkranz, MD, attending YNHCH neonatologist and professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology) and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, at Yale School of Medicine. Other staff members include Elaine Romano, APRN, a pediatric nurse practitioner, and Lisa Giard, RN, nurse coordinator. Both Elaine and Lisa have extensive experience caring for this patient population. Other multidisciplinary team members include a child psychologist, an occupational/physical therapist, a nutritionist and a family resource coordinator. A speech therapist and social worker are also available if needed.

We are very excited to be able to offer this program to you and your patients. If you have any questions about the program, feel free to contact the program director or staff at;; or

If you wish to schedule an appointment for a new patient, please call the Yale Pediatric Call Center at 203.785.4081 and ask for the NICU GRAD program. Alternatively, you can complete the new patient referral form and fax it to the Call Center at 203.737.7635, or if you have EPIC in your practice, you can place your referral electronically.

Pediatric Hospitalists at YNHCH

By Adam Berkwitt, MD

Meet the team:
YNHH Campus Bridgeport Hospital Campus
 Adam Berkwitt, MD  Fauzia Beig, MD
 Matthew Grossman, MD  Mary Lou Gaeta, MD
 David Hersh, MD, PhD
 Beth C. Natt, MD
 Erin Nozetz, MD

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Over the past 20 years, Pediatric Hospitalist Programs have developed across the nation to balance the demands of both inpatient and outpatient practices. Our Pediatric Hospitalist Program at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital is dedicated to providing expert evidence-based inpatient general pediatric care. Special attention is placed to the coordination of care and to the communication with families and other pediatric providers to achieve the best possible patient and family experience and continuity of care. Central to our mission is the education of future pediatricians, and the Pediatric Hospitalist Faculty plays an important role in the Pediatric Residency Program.

Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital has expanded to include the York Street and Bridgeport campuses. In total, we have seven full-time, board-certified Pediatric Hospitalists that cover inpatient general pediatric patients and provide daily consults for surgical and surgical subspecialty patients, and fulfill medical leadership roles within the Children's Hospital.

The Pediatric Hospitalist Division at the York Campus is directed by Josep Panisello, MD, and is an integral part of the Section of Critical Care led by Clifford Bogue, MD. Comprehensive care is provided by the Pediatric Hospitalist Faculty: Adam Berkwitt, MD, Matthew Grossman, MD, David Hersh, MD, PhD, and Erin Nozetz, MD.

The Section of Inpatient Pediatrics at the Bridgeport Campus is headed by Mary Lou Gaeta, MD, and together with Pediatric Hospitalists Fauzia Beig, MD, and Beth C. Natt, MD, provides the full range of inpatient, ED and KidEase Sedation Services to the greater Bridgeport community. Moving forward, both Pediatric Hospitalist campuses will continue to monitor quality of care metrics, including adherence to evidence-based guidelines, contributions to medical education and patient satisfaction. The Pediatric Hospitalists are strong supporters of Family Centered Care and involving the patient and families appropriately in medical decision-making. We also recognize the important relationship between Pediatric Primary Care Providers and their patients and families, and we are dedicated to ensuring a seamless transition between inpatient and outpatient care.

Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital hosts healing through the arts festival

YNHCH will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Arts for Healing program Oct. 2-6 with a festival featuring the music, video, theater and visual art of patients, healthcare providers and artists. The Arts for Healing Festival empowers our young patients to educate others about living with illness and showcases the arts as an essential component of compassionate healthcare. The public is invited to experience and create art through events co-hosted by YNHCH and Collective Consciousness Theatre. Most events are free, including a multi-media celebration of patients' works featuring a musical play written by young adults with sickle cell disease; gallery of patients' visual art; presentation by poet Ekiwah Adler-Beléndez ; Yale Humanities in Medicine Student Writers presentation; and Yale Music in Medicine performance. The festival features "How to Break," an award-winning hip-hop play about a hospitalized teenage break dancer coming to grips with what it means to be ill. How to Break tickets may be purchased in advance at or at the door. For a festival schedule, visit the hospital's events page. For more information, email

Introducing the YNHCH mobile site

Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital mobile site is a streamlined version of the YNHCH website, optimized for the mobile phone user, featuring eight actionable icons/buttons on the homepage: medical services, find a doctor, doctor to doctor, visiting hours, directions, parking, dining, parents, and my chart. These/buttons allow for easy access to pertinent information for mobile device users — most importantly: Visiting Hours, Google maps for directions; Parking options by location and Dining/Lodging information.

Upcoming Events

Tommy Fund Family Day

Sunday, Oct. 6
9 a.m.
Yale Tennis Center
45 Yale Avenue
New Haven

For more information. For more information visit Family Day 2013.

Annual Meeting - Yale Pediatric Update

7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8
New Haven Lawn Club
193 Whitney Ave.,
New Haven

For more information call 860.525.9738 or email


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