Pediatric Outreach Medicine Partnership
September 4, 2018
Pediatric Outreach Medicine: A partnership with Sumner Regional Medical Center and VIP-Gallatin
Since January 2018, the Division of Pediatric Outreach Medicine has partnered with Sumner Regional Medical Center to provide newborn care in Gallatin, Tenn. A Department of Pediatrics team is collaborating with the VIP Midsouth Group to provide pediatricians, neonatologists, and neonatal nurse practitioners who will attend deliveries and care for newborns in the nursery.
One member of this team, neonatal nurse practitioner Emily Forsyth, answers a few questions about this recent opportunity for her career growth.
Tell me a little about your experiences as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner – first in the main campus NICU and now at Sumner Regional Medical Center.
The NICU at Vanderbilt is a level 4, which means we manage infants with extreme prematurity, cardiac anomalies and surgical issues, and infants with long-term illnesses. I attend high-risk deliveries and manage micro-preemies to term infants who are in the NICU for various reasons, alongside a great team of experts in all specialties. The nursery at Sumner Regional Medical Center is a lower-level acuity nursery where I attend high-risk deliveries and manage late preterm infants, infants in need of a short course of antibiotic therapy, infants requiring mild respiratory support and infants with acute drug withdrawal symptoms.
Could you share a story about a grateful family who got to stay closer to home?
I would say that all the families we've cared for have been grateful to have had their baby cared for by an expert team close to their home! It is a huge priority to keep parents and baby as close together as possible, especially during a time when a new baby needs specialized care requiring an extended hospital stay. A sick baby is rarely expected or planned for, and families often have other children at home and daily family needs to tend to.
One of the great things about Sumner Regional is that the parents are often able to "hotel" at the hospital while their baby is in our special care unit, allowing the continuation of bonding ensuring breastfeeding/pumping success, and enabling the neonatology team to work closely with the parents regarding the care of their baby.
Parents have commented that it is such a relief to not have to travel long distances, risking traffic and staying somewhere off campus in order to visit with and help care for their sick baby – all of which adds to an already stressful situation. Knowing that they can stay at their local hospital with their baby or even at their own home near their baby is a comfort and security we are able to offer to our families.
How has this new role at SRMC facilitated your relationship with local pediatricians and/or the Gallatin, Tennessee community?
So much! It has been wonderful getting to know all of them and learning about their diverse backgrounds. Consulting with and growing this nursery with all of them has been interesting and fun! They’ve been doing such an amazing job of caring for the children and families in this community (and others) for many years. The families love them all, and the relationships they have established in this community are phenomenal. It is really awesome as a nurse practitioner to be able to work alongside such happy, caring, friendly and incredibly intelligent pediatricians.
Anything else you would like everyone to know about our team at Sumner?
I love being a part of this growing nursery, and I'm excited to see what lies in store for all of us at Sumner Regional in the future.