In June 2015, Jamie Limjoco, MD, MS, became the medical director for neonatology for the new Mother-Baby service line at American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) and UnityPoint Health-Meriter.
The Mother-Baby service line was formed in January 2015 through a joint operating agreement between the two hospitals. It aims to improve the care of babies who are born prematurely, critically ill, or who are in need of pediatric surgical services.
Specifically, the service line brings together the capabilities of UW neonatologists and maternal-fetal medicine physicians, and the capacities of each hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and subspecialty services. (Meriter has a Level III NICU; AFCH opened a Level IV NICU in May 2014.
Dr. Limjoco explained that the physicians have always collaborated to coordinate care for neonates, but the new service line formalizes that relationship, provides more robust nursing and administrative support for it, and encourages further standardization of care around evidence-based best practices.
“Even though we are in different locations, we all function as one united group,” she noted.
Joining Dr. Limjoco on the service line leadership team are Klaus Diem, MD, vice chair of the UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, who is the medical director for obstetrics/gynecology; and Kathy Kostrivas, RNC-OB, MBA, the former assistant vice president of women’s services at Meriter Hospital, who is the executive director.
Together, service line leaders are developing a common access center to better meet the needs of referring physicians, mothers and babies throughout the region. AFCH is also expanding C.H.E.T.A., its critical care transport system, to ensure that the sickest babies receive the best possible care on their way to either hospital.