Los Alamos Medical Center Welcomes Neonatal Team
On Monday June 6, 2011, Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) welcomed its new Neonatal team. The neonatal team will work in conjunction with the current Pediatricians at LAMC to provide the highest quality of care to the newborns in our community.
“Having a dedicated neonatal care team is a way for LAMC to provide a level of patient care not previously available in the area. The team provides resuscitation, stabilization and in some cases ongoing care for babies requiring specialized support,” LAMC Chief Nursing Officer Jim Wells, RN said. Mr. Wells explains, “While our Labor and Delivery Unit and Level 1 Nursery have always been able to deliver babies and care for the newest members of our community, having a neonatal team available around the clock will allow the hospital to care for women with higher risk pregnancies.”
The neonatal team will attend all high risk deliveries and most cesarean sections and care for all newborns while they are in the hospital. Expectant mothers and their families will not notice a big change in their Labor and Delivery experience, but having the highly experienced team on hand may reduce their anxiety during their stay.
“With the addition of this new service, LAMC can offer care to expectant mothers with high risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure and mild pre-maturity. We are providing the same quality services as a larger city and we are the only hospital north of Albuquerque with a dedicated neonatal team on staff. Expectant mothers and their families should know they don’t have to leave Los Alamos to receive high quality care,” Wells said.
Randy Nederhoff, MD, will lead the team as the medical director. Dr. Nederhoff received his Medical Degree from University of Iowa and completed both his residency in Pediatrics and Fellowship in Neonatology at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Joining Dr. Nederhoff are neonatal nurse practitioners Lynne Landis, RNC, NNP-BC, Connie Freemen, RN, NNP, ARNP and Tom “Tony” Pantano, RN, BSN, NNP-BC. All four team members individually have over 20 years experience in neonatal care.