The Wasie Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, was recently accepted into the national Severe Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) Collaborative under the guidance of its medical director, Sheridan physician Bruce Schulman M.D. BPD, a chronic lung disorder of infants and children, is more common in infants with low birth weight and those who require prolonged mechanical ventilation to treat Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS).
The Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital NICU, which provides level II and level III neonatal intensive care services, is one of only nine prestigious U.S. medical centers in the BPD Collaborative that have multidisciplinary teams dedicated to optimizing outcomes of infants and children with severe BPD. The other members of the collaborative – all academic medical centers – are:
- Nationwide Children's Hospital – Ohio State University College of Medicine
- The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia – Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
- The Johns Hopkins Hospital – Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
- Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island – Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
- Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt – Vanderbilt University Medical Center
- Texas Children's Hospital - Baylor College of Medicine
- Children's Mercy Kansas City – University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
- Children's Hospital Colorado – University of Colorado School of Medicine
The mission of the collaborative is to improve the lifelong outcomes of babies who develop severe BPD by fostering collaboration and innovation in the identification and treatment through the sharing of data, the development and implementation of quality improvement initiatives, as well as fostering research protocols to address the most pressing gaps in our knowledge.
Sheridan congratulates Dr. Schulman and his Sheridan team along with Joe DiMaggio’s Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine program and Respiratory Therapy services on being accepted into the collaborative and contributing to its important mission.