April 8, 2016
Fauquier Hospital's Family Birthing Center will hold an open house on Wednesday, April 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. to celebrate the renovation and expansion of the Intermediate Care Nursery.
Tours of the new space will be offered and visitors will be able to meet the ICN's new neonatologist and medical director, Dr. Elsie Mainali. Refreshments will be served.
The recent renovations at the ICN have doubled its size and added four beds, for a total of seven. The neonatal ICN -- designed to provide care for babies who are born at Fauquier Hospital but are born prematurely or are too sick to go home right away -- means that parents of these babies can be with their newborns every day without having to travel to Northern Virginia or Charlottesville. Some infants will still need the care that can only be provided in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – a higher level of care -- but many babies will be able to remain in Fauquier, near their loved ones.
The nursery operates under the guidance of neonatologist Dr. Elsie Mainali, the nursery’s new medical director. Rodger Baker, CEO of Fauquier Health, said, “Having a neonatologist overseeing the nursery is providing a level of care beyond what we have been able to provide in the past.”
Dr. Mainali and neonatal nurse practitioners will provide ongoing bedside care for babies who need extra attention until they are strong enough to reunite with their families.