Look at How These Selfless Gifts Are Helping Babies

Selfless Gifts
Riley at IU Health Applied Support Analyst Matt Holloway makes adjustments to the EEG monitors.

Take a look. These machines are powerful examples of what philanthropy can do for children at Riley Hospital.

These are the newest in a fleet of 12 EEG machines at Riley. The new additions are dedicated to monitoring the brains of babies in the Riley Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The machines are just one component of the new NeuroNICU program, made possible by the generosity of The Berman Family Foundation. Only a handful of children’s hospitals in the country have such a program.

Dr. Ulrike Mietzsch is the Riley neonatologist who leads the NeuroNICU program in partnership with pediatric neurologist Mandy Harris, M.D.

We asked Dr. Mietzsch to explain the significance of this philanthropic gift:

“These EEG machines are enhancing the care we can provide to babies, and decreasing the infection risk at the same time, as these machines no longer have to travel through the entire hospital. My colleagues and I are so thankful for the donors who have made Riley’s tiniest patients their personal priority.

Our main goal is to provide every baby in the Riley NICU with optimal neurological and developmental care. Our NeuroNICU program offers personalized neuromonitoring for the patients who are at risk for seizures or alterations of blood and oxygen flow to the brain. We are constantly reviewing and updating our treatment protocols and guidelines, reviewing our imaging options and identifying areas for improvement.

Longer term, we are communicating with other similar programs in the country to form a nationwide initiative and optimize brain care in neonates. The Riley NeuroNICU has joined a consortium called NICQ Next, managed by Neonatal Neurocritical care leaders from Stanford and UCSF (University of California San Francisco) as part of the Vermont Oxford Network (VON). This will definitely help us to share best practices, learn from others and develop research collaborations.We are starting a comprehensiveprenatal counseling clinic this fall to address families who are expecting a baby with neurological or neurosurgical problems; we also would like to expand ourfollow-up clinic, which so far has been very successful with an extremely high follow-up rate. The bottom line is Indiana’s babies are getting the care they need for brain disorders and injuries – and this will help them lead full lives as toddlers, school-age children, and adults.

Thank you to The Berman Family Foundation, and to all donors who support Riley Children’s Foundation. Your selfless gifts enable us to give our patients the exceptional care they deserve.”

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