There is nothing we enjoy more than celebrating the exceptional work of our clinicians and staff. Throughout the year, we had the pleasure of highlighting exciting company milestones, heartwarming patient care stories and expert health advice. We hope you enjoy this roundup of some of our 2022 favorites, month by month.
Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season!
- Promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Every Day, in Every Way
All year long, Pediatrix® has been laser-focused on its elevated commitment to providing an equitable work environment that recognizes and celebrates all dimensions of diversity. “We have a responsibility as a trusted corporate citizen to cultivate the best culture possible for our employees, so they in turn can extend that same environment to our patient population,” said Bethany Forss, senior director of DEI. “We must support those patients through inclusive and respectful interactions, a premier experience and, ultimately, a staff that mirrors our patients.”
- Piper’s Story: Pediatric Cardiologists Use Innovative Technology to Avoid Open-Heart Surgery
When it was discovered that a hole in Piper Small’s heart hadn’t closed on its own and was causing damage, her parents feared she would need open-heart surgery. Pediatric cardiologist Jeremy Ringewald, M.D., offered an innovative, minimally invasive alternative that successfully repaired the defect.
- Mednax® Adopts the Pediatrix® Brand for its Affiliated Practices
Our affiliated practices across the country adopted the Pediatrix brand. The shift to Pediatrix enables us to bring together under a single overarching brand the clinical expertise of our more than 4,230 talented specialists and reflects our core focus on providing the highest-quality services across the continuum of care for women, babies and children.
- Pediatric Surgery Cures Rare Gastrointestinal Condition
Brinlee McKee finally learns the cause of her unexplained chronic gastrointestinal issues: a rare internal hernia. Following two operations with Sara Fallon, M.D., pediatric surgeon, Brinlee is cured of her lifelong tummy troubles.
- Mental Health Awareness Month: Services and Support to Bolster Resilience
Among the many resources Pediatrix offers its clinicians is a dedicated program designed to support mental well-being. Health of the Clinical Workforce is packed with evidence-based resources that clinical staff and leaders can review and put into practice. “It includes vetted resources from partner organizations that address professional fulfillment, resiliency, self-care, mindfulness, grief, burnout and more,” said Jorge Del Toro, M.D., MBA, FAAP, FCCP, CPE, vice president of medical affairs. “We designed it to be self-serve, so our clinical staff can easily get the guidance they need, but we also encourage them to reach out with any questions they have.”
- Clinician Spotlight: Ed Spitzmiller, D.O., FACOP – Neonatologist
Dr. Spitzmiller has practiced with Pediatrix for more than 15 years. He reflects on his journey to becoming a neonatologist and how his practice has benefited from its partnership with Pediatrix. “If you’re thinking of practicing neonatology with Pediatrix, do it,” Dr. Spitzmiller said. “You’ll work with fantastic clinicians, have access to thousands of cases’ worth of clinical data, can work in a variety of practice settings in nearly any part of the country, and you won’t have to worry about billing or contracting with insurance companies. Pediatrix makes practicing easy.”
- Mednax, Inc. is Now Pediatrix Medical Group, Inc.
After the start of an exciting transition to the revitalized Pediatrix brand for all its affiliated medical practices, Mednax, Inc. is now named Pediatrix Medical Group, Inc. "We are excited to complete this full return to Pediatrix, a nationally well-known and highly respected name," said Mark S. Ordan, the company's chief executive officer. "This underscores our position as a leading provider of care to women, babies and children; an employer of choice; and a trusted partner to hospitals and clinicians across the country."
- National Breastfeeding Month: Extended Breastfeeding Requires Additional Support
Jenelle Ferry, M.D., neonatologist and director of feeding, nutrition and infant development, shares key takeaways on The American Academy of Pediatrics’ updated policy statement on breastfeeding. “We’ve known for a long time that the benefits of breastfeeding exist and that the longer a baby receives breast milk, the more those benefits can extend,” said Dr. Ferry.
- World Heart Day: Supporting Patients with Single-Ventricle Heart Defects and Their Families
Chase Moreno was diagnosed with a rare congenital defect heart in utero. Eileen Stewart, M.D., fetal and pediatric cardiologist, monitored mom throughout her pregnancy and has cared for Chase since his birth. After undergoing two open-heart surgeries in just his first year of life, Chase was weaned off a feeding tube this summer and is now enjoying being a normal baby.
- Gynecology Care for Adolescents
The OBGYN specialty provides various services that begin during adolescence and continue throughout all stages of life. Suzanne Bovone, M.D., OBGYN, addresses some of the most common questions about adolescent GYN care, including when to begin routine care and what it involves.
- New Pediatrix TeleNeurology Program Helps Hospitalized Infants and Children
Led by Andy Kim, M.D., pediatric neurologist, the Pediatrix TeleNeurology Program aims to provide pediatric neurology expertise to hospitalized patients whose symptoms indicate possible brain or nervous system conditions. “If there are concerns that the brain or other parts of the nervous system aren’t working properly, intensive care providers can enlist our teleneurology services to help determine what’s going on and how best to treat it,” said Dr. Kim.
- What Pregnant Women and Parents Need to Know About the ‘Tripledemic’
After several years of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, experts warn that many areas of the country are now experiencing a “tripledemic” of COVID, influenza (flu) and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common childhood illness that can also infect adults. Pregnant women and young children are particularly vulnerable to these viruses. Here’s what you need to know to keep yourself and your family safe.
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