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Children's National Hospital and Howard University Hospital expand partnership to benefit NICU babies

New collaboration will advance the goal of health equity for all newborns August 01, 2022
A baby in the Howard University Hospital NICU with providers nearby.

The nation’s #1 ranked neonatologists from Children’s National Hospital are now providing care in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Howard University Hospital (HUH). This builds on a long standing relationship between the two institutions with the goal of providing high-quality, family-centered newborn care to all patients.

“This collaboration will ensure more newborns in the Washington, D.C., metro area have an equal opportunity to achieve optimal health outcomes,” said Ololade Okito, M.D., neonatologist at Children’s National who will serve as medical director of the NICU at HUH. “By combining our strengths and efforts to address health disparities, this collaboration will serve as a model for local and national leaders in clinical excellence, research, education and advocacy.”

One of the core principles for improving perinatal maternal and child health outcomes in D.C. is to ensure every newborn receives high-quality neonatal care in the hospital and outpatient setting.

“We are proud to partner with Children’s National on this new endeavor to bring their renowned neonatal healthcare services to Howard University Hospital,” said HUH CEO Anita L.A. Jenkins. “Advancing neonatal care is integral to raising the health equity of D.C. residents, and this partnership is rooted in our longstanding commitment to provide high-quality neonatal and maternal care to mothers, babies and families in the Nation’s Capital.”

Children’s National is Howard University Medical School’s pediatric partner. The two institutions also partner on maternal mental health research.

“Howard University Hospital is recognized for their strong, continued history and commitment of service to the community, while Children’s National continues to be recognized as the #1 place for newborn care in the nation,” said Rahul Shah, M.D., senior vice president for Children’s National Hospital-Based Specialties Center. “This new partnership will help make significant advancements toward healthcare equity for families in our community.”

HUH is a Level III NICU providing care for babies born prematurely down to less than 3.5 lbs. Children’s National is a designated Level IV NICU that cares for at least 1,000 newborns each year. Fifty percent of these newborns are on ventilators upon admission, and 30% have a condition requiring surgery.

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About Children’s National Hospital

Children’s National Hospital, based in Washington, D.C., was established in 1870 to help every child grow up stronger. Today, it is the No. 5 children’s hospital in the nation. It is ranked No. 1 for newborn care for the sixth straight year and ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. Children’s National is transforming pediatric medicine for all children. The Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus opened in 2021, a first-of-its-kind pediatric hub dedicated to developing new and better ways to care for kids. Children’s National has been designated three times in a row as a Magnet® hospital, demonstrating the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty care locations in the D.C. metropolitan area, including Maryland and Virginia. Children’s National is home to the Children’s National Research Institute and Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation. It is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. As a non-profit, Children's National relies on generous donors to help ensure that every child receives the care they need.

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