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Seventh-largest U.S. hospital system implements Avaya Fabric Connect networking and communications applications to become a top tech healthcare organization SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - February 20, 2017) - For Erlanger Health System, the path to achieving their strategic vision of becoming a top technology-enabled healthcare organization meant careful consideration of possibilities, alternatives and risks at every step on the way. Selecting Avaya was one of the first decisions the organization made in order to provide the networking foundation to help make their vision a reality and carry it into the future. With an impending installation of an Electronic Health Records (EHR) system, Erlanger needed a network on which it could rely that could meet requirements for speed, bandwidth and security. Since the Chattanooga, TN-based organization uses a number of critical applications and adds devices on a regular basis, the network to needed flexibility and simplicity. The network would also need to enable Erlanger to share its communications system with other sites in the healthcare system. Avaya Fabric Connect networking prepared Erlanger Health System for its EHR implementation and more, providing the flexibility and expandability for the organization to continue moving toward its goal to become one of the Top 100 Most Wired hospitals. The system is easier to maintain than its previous network: certified engineers can make changes at the edge -- such as adding medical devices -- and have them reflected in the core. Erlanger also added Avaya Team and Customer Engagement solutions to provide powerful communications features and conferencing. Configuration and use is much easier; IT staffers with less experience can get the phones up and running quickly when a new one is needed without needing to program a switch. End-users enjoy a number of features, such as receiving their voicemail messages as a file in their email. The organization was able to extend its phone system over the Fabric Connect network to support a new hospital opened at Erlanger East, helping to lower operating cost and provide more efficient communications between locations. "One thing about healthcare is that, between Health Information Management and ensuring we comply with regulations and standards, we have to make sure we're doing the right thing for our patients but also following the rules and guidelines set forth by joint commissions. Avaya did everything they said they'd do and even went above and beyond. The hardware has been spot-on, and we have not had any failures with the network or phone switches. So far, Avaya has been very good for us, and very cost effective -- and in our line of work, those are two things that you need." Eric Hammer, Senior Director of Technical Services, Erlanger Health System Read more about Erlanger Health System and its implementation of Avaya Networking as its foundation for the future here. About Erlanger Health System The Erlanger Health System is a multi-hospital system with five hospitals based in Chattanooga: the Baroness Hospital, Children's Hospital at Erlanger, Erlanger North Hospital, Erlanger East Hospital, and Erlanger Bledsoe Hospital, located in Pikeville, TN. Erlanger is the seventh largest public hospital in the United States and has been recognized as "Chattanooga's number one hospital" by U.S. News and World Report. Erlanger is the tri-state region's only Level I Trauma Center, providing the highest level of trauma care for adults. Erlanger has five LIFE FORCE air ambulances in its fleet, two based in Tennessee, two in North Georgia and one in Winchester, TN. Children's Hospital at Erlanger houses the region's only Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, as well as a pediatric trauma team, Emergency Center, and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Erlanger also serves as the region's only academic teaching hospital, affiliated with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga Campus. Each year, more than a quarter of a million people are treated by the team of healthcare professionals who are part of Erlanger. About Avaya Avaya enables the mission critical, real-time communication applications of the world's most important operations. As the global leader in delivering superior communications experiences, Avaya provides the most complete portfolio of software and services for contact center and unified communications with integrated, secure networking -- offered on premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid. Today's digital world requires some form of communications enablement, and no other company is better positioned to do this than Avaya. For more information, please visit www.avaya.com. Follow Avaya on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and the Avaya Connected Blog. Certain statements contained in this press release are forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "might," "plan," "potential," "predict," "should" or "will" or other similar terminology. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While we believe these expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections are reasonable, such forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. These and other important factors may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. For a list and description of such risks and uncertainties, please refer to Avaya's filings with the SEC that are available at www.sec.gov. Avaya disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

News Article | May 14, 2017
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Following the priorities of UH's Vision 2010 strategic plan, UH publically launched Discover the Difference: The Campaign for University Hospitals in 2010 with a goal of $1 billion. After community support far surpassed expectations, in 2012 the goal was increased to $1.5 billion. UH is the second health system in the country, and the only in Ohio, to accomplish such an ambitious campaign goal. The campaign has enabled, enhanced and expanded clinical care programs, new endowed funds, and capital projects, including those identified in the Vision 2010 strategic plan: Ahuja Medical Center; Seidman Cancer Center; Center for Emergency Medicine and Marcy R. Horvitz Pediatric Emergency Center; and the Quentin & Elisabeth Alexander Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. UH established and grew the Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute, as well as Harrington Discover Institute – part of the Harrington Project for Discovery & Development – which supports 75 Harrington Scholars, created 10 new companies and licensed three drug discoveries to pharmaceutical companies. UH is home to the largest number of research studies in the state, with more than 1,200 ongoing clinical trials. The Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at Rainbow became the first of its kind in the country, uniquely specialized in caring for patients between 12-30 years of age. Campaign support created vital programs like the Goodman Discovery Center and Coleman Clinical Trials Center, both at Seidman Cancer Center; Barbara Ruhlman Center for Women & Newborns at MacDonald Women's Hospital; and the Hampson Mole Community Health Project at Elyria Medical Center. More than 1,000 new philanthropic funds have been established, benefiting every department and institute in the health system. UH now has 93 endowed chairs, 74 of which were created during the Discover the Difference campaign, to retain, recruit and recognize the most preeminent physicians. "We are grateful to our many friends and supporters who share our belief in the mission of University Hospitals: To Heal. To Teach. To Discover." says Sherri Bishop, Chief Development Officer, UH. "The extraordinary giving spirit of our community has changed countless lives and will impact Northeast Ohio for generations." Shelly Adelman, Chair of the Board Development Committee, and Monte Ahuja and Jack Breen, campaign co-chairs, guided the vision for Discover the Difference. With their leadership the campaign achieved unprecedented results and UH reached thousands of new donors – nearly 90 percent of whom were first-time supporters of the health system. The following visionary supporters have generously supported UH with gifts of $10 million or more. Today, more than 4,700 UH providers care for more than 1 million patients at 11 community medical centers, three joint-venture hospitals and more than 40 health centers across 15 counties. University Hospitals will open its newest facility, the UH Rainbow Center for Women & Children, in Cleveland's MidTown neighborhood. Opening in Spring 2018, the Center will improve access to quality health care and social services for families in Cleveland and surrounding communities. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/university-hospitals-exceeds-campaign-goal-of-15-billion-300457198.html

News Article | May 10, 2017
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The Get With the Guidelines-Stroke and Target: Stroke programs honored Grady for its outstanding stroke measures and its door to needle time for IV Alteplase, the FDA approved medication for dissolving blood clots. Grady Health System is one of the largest safety net health systems in the United States. Grady consists of the 953-bed Grady Memorial Hospital, six neighborhood health centers, Crestview Health & Rehabilitation Center, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding, which is operated as a Children's affiliate. With its nationally acclaimed emergency medical services, Grady has the premier Level I trauma center in the Metro Atlanta region and serves as the 911 ambulance provider for the city of Atlanta. Grady's American Burn Association/American College of Surgeons verified Burn Center is one of only two in the state. And the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center is a Joint Commission designated Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center. Other key services/distinctions include Grady's Regional Perinatal Center with its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Georgia's first Cancer Center for Excellence, The Avon Comprehensive Breast Center, the Georgia Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, and the Ponce de Leon Center - one of the top HIV/AIDS outpatient clinics in the country. Grady is one of an elite group of hospitals to earn the Baby-Friendly USA international recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility. In 2017, Grady earned the prestigious Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, becoming Georgia's first adult acute care hospital to earn the highest rating for improving patient care and safety through health information technology. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/grady-receives-top-stroke-award-300455217.html

News Article | May 12, 2017
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Linna and her husband, Heriberto, of Austintown, Ohio, embraced the challenges that would come both with her pregnancy and the boys after birth. "It was hard for us," said Linna. "But when we heard the diagnosis, my family and friends came together. We knew we had to do whatever it takes to give the boys the best quality of life possible." Under the direction of Drs. Melissa Mancuso and Katherine Wolfe, perinatologists with Akron Children's Hospital's Maternal Fetal Medicine, every possible detail of the birth, delivery and postnatal care were prepared. Linna also met with neurosurgeons Drs. Tsulee Chen and Gwyneth Hughes to prepare for the babies' surgeries that would need to take place as quickly as possible to prevent infection. Born on May 4 at 31-weeks gestation Micah weighed 2 lbs., 11 oz., and Cairo weighed 3 lbs., 13 oz. Because of their open neural tube defects, Linna wasn't able to hold her boys right away. Both were taken to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Akron Children's, where doctors performed surgery to repair their spines. Today, the boys are recovering well from their surgeries. While Linna and her family know there's a long road ahead, she's grateful for her boys. Micah is already showing improvement, and much to Linna's delight, she was able to cuddle with him for the first time on May 10. "They may be identical twins, but each of my boys have an individual path in life, and are going to be amazing people in their own right," said Linna. "Having a disability certainly isn't going to keep them from changing the world in their own way. God has a plan for each of my boys and we're going to support them in every way possible all along the way." About Akron Children's Hospital Akron Children's Hospital is ranked among the best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, but it's our compassionate approach that makes us truly exceptional. To ensure families have convenient access to care, we have two hospital campuses in northeast Ohio and 60+ primary, specialty and urgent care locations. We collaborate with many community partners to bring our neonatal and pediatric expertise to patients in their healthcare facilities, and our home care and school health nurses treat kids in their homes and schools. With more than 1 million patient visits in 2016, we've been leading the way to healthier futures for children through quality patient care, education, advocacy, community service and medical discovery since 1890. Learn more at akronchildrens.org. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/mothers-day-inspiration-mom-welcomes-twins-born-with-rare-condition-300457025.html

At NYU Langone Huntington Medical Group, the NYU Winthrop MFM team will also provide pre-pregnancy consultations to mothers with a history of complicated pregnancies to reduce the risks for future pregnancies; screening and diagnostic testing for the pregnancy as needed; as well as perform state- of-the-art 3D and 4D perinatal ultrasound imaging. This relationship will be further enhanced starting in August 2017, when obstetricians from NYU Langone Huntington Medical Group will begin delivering babies at NYU Winthrop in Mineola. NYU Winthrop's New Life Center features a relaxing home-like environment, while also providing comprehensive services, including: "We are thrilled to partner with the MFM team at NYU Winthrop," said Elisa Felsen Singer, DO, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Langone. "By expanding our services at both sites, we can offer our patients greater continuity and convenience of care, which ultimately leads to better outcomes." Dr. Singer also sees patients at NYU Langone Huntington Medical Group. About NYU Langone Medical Center:   NYU Langone Medical Center, a world-class, patient-centered, integrated academic medical center, is one of the nation's premier centers for excellence in clinical care, biomedical research, and medical education. Located in the heart of Manhattan, NYU Langone is composed of five hospitals—Tisch Hospital, its flagship acute care facility; Rusk Rehabilitation; the Hospital for Joint Diseases, the Medical Center's dedicated inpatient orthopaedic hospital; NYU Lutheran Medical Center, a full-service, 450-bed teaching hospital located in Brooklyn, and Hassenfeld Children's Hospital, a comprehensive pediatric hospital supporting a full array of children's health services across the Medical Center. Also part of NYU Langone is NYU School of Medicine, which since 1841 has trained thousands of physicians and scientists who have helped to shape the course of medical history, and the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute–designated cancer center. The Medical Center's trifold mission to serve, teach, and discover is achieved 365 days a year through the seamless integration of a culture devoted to excellence in patient care, education, and research. For more information, go to www.NYULangone.org, and interact with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Google+. About NYU Winthrop Hospital More than 5,000 babies each year begin their lives in NYU Winthrop Hospital's New Life Center, a modern facility that offers 16 labor-delivery-recovery rooms, each attractively decorated to provide a comfortable, homey environment. While the ambiance is tranquil, expectant moms and dads can also feel secure in the knowledge that the sophisticated technology and vast resources of a major, university-affiliated medical center are close at hand should a complication develop. The Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), one of the most advanced facilities of its kind with class-leading outcomes in both overall survival and survival without complications in extremely premature babies, is staffed with specially trained experts in newborn medicine who care for babies born prematurely or with health problems requiring special attention. For more information about Maternal/Child Care at Winthrop, visit www.winthrop.org or call 1-866-WINTHROP. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nyu-langone-and-nyu-winthrop-enhance-access-to-maternal-fetal-medicine-on-long-island-300459218.html

News Article | May 3, 2017
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Mercy Medical Center, PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (PNC), and Stevenson University have partnered to bring onesies -- an infant's one-piece close-fitting lightweight garment – emboldened with special health and educational messages for newborns at Mercy’s Family Childbirth & Children’s Center. Two Stevenson University students, Amelia Berninger (’17) and Samantha Smith (’18), who created the onesie design, presented samples to mothers and their newborns at Mercy’s Center on April 26th, on the 10th floor of The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, 345 St. Paul Place in downtown Baltimore City. A brief reception followed on the Mezzanine Level of the Bunting Center. In spring 2016, PNC provided funding to Stevenson University for two undergraduates to design an onesie suited for newborns, reflective of PNC’s “Grow Up Great” commitment to early childhood education and the public health issues of “safe sleep.” Mercy’s Family Childbirth & Children’s Center will receive more than 3,000 onesies. Launched in 2004, PNC Grow Up Great® helps children from birth through age five prepare for school by focusing on readiness in vocabulary development, math, science, financial education and the arts. Through distribution of more than $121 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, the program has impacted approximately 3 million children throughout 19 states and the District of Columbia. “More than 3,500 babies in the U.S. die every year while sleeping, often due to Sleep Related Deaths, formerly thought to be due to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or accidental deaths. For their first year, babies should lay on their backs for all sleep times. We know babies who sleep on their backs are far less likely to die of Sleep Related Deaths than those who sleep on their stomachs or sides. It’s important to educate new parents about this, and that’s part of the impetus behind this project,” said neonatologist Dr. Susan J. Dulkerian, Medical Director of Newborn Services in The Family Childbirth and Children’s Center at Mercy. “Growing up great means growing up healthy, and that starts from day one in every child’s life. The onesie project was a perfect fit with our Grow Up Great initiative, a fun and clever way to spread the word about the importance of infant care,” said Laura Gamble, PNC regional president for Greater Maryland. “We were very impressed with the efforts of the Stevenson University students and excited to have the support of Mercy’s Family Childbirth & Children’s Center.” In addition to the importance of infants sleeping “tummy-side up”, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)’s recently updated policy statement and technical report includes new evidence which supports skin-to-skin care for newborn infants. Coupled with the Grow Up Great words of instilling a love of reading and learning in children, all of these elements are incorporated in the writing developed by the Stevenson University students, and found on the new onesie. “This project, a collaboration between Amelia and Sammy, was a strong design challenge -- to create something with meaning that also impacts the community. The students worked diligently and developed ways to visualize the unique messages of their clients, PNC and Mercy. The resulting design merges both the health aspects and educational care infants need as they grow. The onesie project offered our students valuable professional practice and exposure to real design challenges, but it also allowed them to navigate avenues where students can motivate change by building strong ties within their community,” said Meghan Marx, Assistant Professor of Art and Visual Communication Design at Stevenson University. “Hold Me, Rock Me, Read to Me, Talk To Me, Love Me—Put Me to Sleep This Side Up—Comfort Me, Teach Me” appears on the front (stomach) side of the garment. Named The Best Place to Have a Baby by Baltimore’s City Paper, Mercy Medical Center provides a team of obstetricians and other clinical staff, as well as a variety of amenities, programs and education to help mothers, fathers and families prepare for pregnancy, birth and the transition to parenthood. Mercy is home to Center for Advanced Fetal Care providing ultrasound, genetic counseling and testing, comprehensive high-risk pregnancy care, diabetic education, amniocentesis and assessment of fetal well-being. Mercy’s NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) is a Level III-B intensive care facility offering private rooms and a full complement of specialists providing thorough diagnosis and treatment for a range of the most complex and high-risk conditions in newborn infants. The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (http://www.pnc.com), is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The PNC Foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a bilingual $350 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent university in Maryland with more than 4,100 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult bachelor’s programs at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills. Mercy Medical Center (http://www.mdmercy.com) is a university-affiliated hospital founded in 1874 by the Sisters of Mercy, with a national reputation for women's health care. For more information, visit http://www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on FACEBOOK and TWITTER, or call 1-800-MD-MERCY.

News Article | May 8, 2017
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CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--To celebrate Nurse Appreciation Week, Pampers Swaddlers, the #1 Choice of U.S. Hospitals*, announces the winners of the Thank You Nurses awards. Developed with the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN), this award honors nurses who go above and beyond through the touches of love they give to babies and their parents across three care categories: Labor & Delivery, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Postpartum. Out of more than 3,000 nominations, the stories of Laurie Milliken of Washington Township, NJ, Elizabeth Giambrone of New Orleans, LA, and Billie Warren of Wheat Ridge, CO rose to the top. Laurie Milliken made the selfless decision to give up time with her own family during the holidays and stay well beyond her shift to be by her patient’s side during 17 hours of labor. Billie Warren connected with one new mom who was unable to share in the birth of her baby with her own mother. And, Elizabeth Giambrone helped one family find comfort, and even some laughter, through their baby’s journey with multiple surgeries and 130 days in the NICU. “Their beautiful stories of guiding parents through the onset of their newborn’s delivery and postpartum care were heartfelt, unique and what being a nurse is all about,” said Lori Brittingham, President of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. “We look forward to honoring these stand-out nurses for all they’ve done for patients with the prestigious recognition of the Thank You Nurses Award at this year’s AWHONN convention,” added AWHONN CEO Lynn Erdman, MN, RN, FAAN. This year’s winners will receive a one-year membership to AWHONN or NANN, including attendance at the respective organization’s annual convention, a $5,000 scholarship, a P&G care package, commemorative plaque and more. AWHONN and Pampers Swaddlers have also awarded three additional scholarships to help minority nurses complete their studies toward a Master of Science in Nursing. Anita MacInnis from Healdsburg, CA, Essence Williams from Crum Lynne, PA and Ludrena Rodriguez from Mililani, HI were recognized for their career accomplishments, superior academic achievements and involvement in AWHONN to help in advancing the nursing field. “Pampers is dedicated to every baby’s happy, healthy development, and has been trusted by nurses since the brand began working closely with hospitals 40 years ago,” said E. Yuri Hermida, Vice President, North America Baby Care, P&G. “This long-standing relationship and respect for nurses is why Pampers launched the Thank You Nurses program in 2015 and why we continue to work closely with hospitals and nurses to improve our products.” In 2016, Pampers introduced the new Pampers Preemie Swaddlers Size P-3 diaper, designed in partnership with NICU nurses for the most vulnerable premature babies weighing as little as 1 pound (500 grams). Pampers commemorated this advancement with the “Touches of Love” campaign this fall, celebrating all babies, especially those in the NICU, and those who care for them – including the nurses who provide essential touches of love to help with baby’s growth and development. Throughout Nurse Appreciation Week (May 6–12), Pampers will continue to celebrate the selfless work of nurses on social media with hashtag #ThankYouNurses, and will recognize nurses nationwide with surprises at their homes and while on the job. For more information visit Pampers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Pampers Swaddlers is the #1 Choice of U.S. Hospitals* and the first diaper worn by millions of babies. Pampers Swaddlers wraps baby with premium comfort, protection and blanket-like softness, helping to take care of babies during all the precious first moments they share with their parents. Pampers Swaddlers is Pampers’ softest diaper and provides a wetness indicator and absorb away liner on all sizes for up to 12 hours of comfort and protection. Pampers Swaddlers are available in sizes P-6 at retailers nationwide and online at www.pampers.com. Pampers Preemie Swaddlers in sizes P-1, P-2 and P-3 are available to hospitals across the U.S. and Canada. For more than 50 years, parents have trusted Pampers to care for their babies. Pampers is a part of The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) and is the #1-selling diaper worldwide. Every day, more than 25 million babies in 100 countries around the world wear Pampers. Pampers offers a complete range of diapers, wipes and training pants designed to provide protection and comfort for every stage of baby’s development. Visit www.pampers.com to learn more about Pampers products, join the Pampers Rewards program, and find ideas and information to help your baby get the most out of love, sleep and play. P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and information about P&G and its brands. Since 1969, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) has been the foremost authority promoting the health of women and newborns and strengthening the nursing profession through the delivery of superior advocacy, research, education, and other professional and clinical resources. AWHONN represents the interests of 350,000 registered nurses working in women's health, obstetric, and neonatal nursing across the United States. Learn more about AWHONN at www.awhonn.org. As the voice for neonatal nurses, NANN has supported its members and advanced the profession by providing opportunities to influence care for neonates and their families, collaborate with leaders and peers in their field, and gain clinical knowledge to improve their daily practice for over 30 years. Today, more than ever before, high-risk neonates have a better chance of thriving because of the advances in medicine and the skilled neonatal nursing care they receive. The National Association of Neonatal Nurses stands behind these nurses, providing the professional and educational support they need. Learn more about NANN at www.nann.org. *Based on sales of the newborn hospital diaper

News Article | February 16, 2017
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When we think about safety net hospitals, the narrative often turns into one of facilities struggling to make use of limited resources to serve some of the most complex and challenging patient populations. Rarely do we align safety net hospitals with leading edge cognitive technology. But that is exactly what is happening at Grady Health System in Atlanta. Grady Health System (Grady) comprises a network of providers, clinics, and inpatient services that combine to deliver care for metro Atlanta. The system has served the community since 1892 and acted as a healthcare safety net for a diverse and growing population. As of last year, Grady treated almost 41,000 adult and newborn patients admitted to the main hospital and conducted close to 500,000 outpatient visits. Caring for such a large population requires innovation and focus. In 2016, system leadership wanted to find a way to better target resources and identify patients at risk of returning to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. These readmissions pose a real threat to patient health and provider viability. Government mandates focused on reducing preventable readmissions impose hefty fines for performance that doesn’t meet established thresholds. “We landed on Jvion’s Cognitive Clinical Success Machine,” explained Ben McKeeby, Grady’s Chief Information Officer. Cognitive Clinical Success Machine Technology leverages the same power as well know and established search engines and cognitive technologies that understand, reason, and learn. What makes Jvion’s Cognitive Clinical Success Machine unique is its ability to drive patient-specific prioritizations, predictions, recommendations, and interventions that are precise, integrated directly into the clinical workflow, and delivered in a matter of weeks. “The Cognitive Clinical Success Machine that Grady is using leverages self-learning Eigen sphere technology to deliver an ultra-high definition view into the future state of the patient. This view accounts for the tens of thousands of exogenous factors that impact a patient’s risk along with the clinical context provided during the episode of care,” explained Todd Schlesinger, Vice President at Jvion. The machine is making a significant impact on a hard to reach and treat population. In addition to targeting readmissions broadly, the Grady team is using the cognitive science solution to specifically identify those patients with Congestive Heart Failure. Teams across the facility—from inpatient nursing staff to case managers and EMTs—use recommendations from Jvion’s Cognitive Clinical Success Machine to most effectively lower a patient’s risk. “With Jvion’s solution we have a remarkable cognitive appliance that works as seamlessly as any diagnostic test to deliver the most precise and actionable interventions for our patient population,” said McKeeby. “This kind of technology is the future. And with Jvion, cognitive power is finally within reach for healthcare providers.” About Grady Health System Grady Health System is one of the largest safety net health systems in the United States. Grady consists of the 953-bed Grady Memorial Hospital, six neighborhood health centers, Crestview Health & Rehabilitation Center, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding, which is operated as a Children's affiliate. With its nationally acclaimed emergency medical services, Grady has the premier level I trauma center in the Metro Atlanta region and serves as the 911 ambulance provider for the city of Atlanta. Grady’s American Burn Association/American College of Surgeons verified Burn Center is one of only two in the state. And the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center is a Joint Commission designated Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center. Other key services include Grady’s Regional Perinatal Center with its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Georgia’s first Cancer Center for Excellence, The Avon Comprehensive Breast Center, the Georgia Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, and the Ponce de Leon Center - one of the top three HIV/AIDS outpatient clinics in the country. About Jvion Jvion delivers a Cognitive Clinical Success Machine that serves as a high-performance appliance for providers and the healthcare community. It activates recommendations that help healthcare providers who need ultra-definition patient-level predictions, prioritizations, interventions, and suggestions produced with unmatched speed, clinical applicability, and verity. The machine delivers the action-level recommendations that will best reduce the likelihood of an adverse event. This capability is enabled by a cognitive engine driven by horsepower that is based on more than a quadrillion clinical and non-clinical considerations and thousands of data elements. The machine’s thousands of self-learning Eigen spheres are applied to this data for each patient in real time to help hundreds of hospitals across the nation reduce target illnesses and diseases. Jvion’s Cognitive Clinical Success Machine includes broad clinical application vectors that, when applied to specific patients, deliver individualized prioritizations, interventions, and suggestions within two weeks. One of the reasons Jvion’s solution is independently ranked number one in clinical predictive science is because the machine is more than accurate, it is effective. Our approach mitigates the “accuracy fallacy” perpetuated within the industry by delivering a true picture of individual patient risk along with the actions that will lead to better health outcomes. Because Jvion’s machine works as a cognitive appliance, it plugs in directly to the existing Electronic Medical Record/clinical systems to deliver recommendations seamlessly into the organic workflow. Clinician and caregiver adoption of Jvion’s recommendations is accelerated because of the “on-demand” nature of the information. The machine outperforms and outsmarts even the highest performing predictive solutions/approaches available. And this performance hasn’t gone unnoticed; Jvion’s solution has won numerous external awards including designation as the #1 Predictive Provider in Healthcare by Black Book Market Research. http://www.jvion.com ###

News Article | February 11, 2017
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Huggies now has diapers for prematurely born babies. Called Huggies Little Snugglers Nano Preemie Diapers, the diapers are specially designed for babies weighing less than 2 pounds, particularly made to protect delicate skin while promoting healthy development and growth in preemies. Diapers for babies are numerous, but with fewer than 1.4 percent of babies born as preemies weighing below 2 pounds, there is a severe lack of options for the fragile population. Huggies responded to this need by working with Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurses and neonatal therapists, using input from experts to develop the Little Snugglers diapers. "We're passionate about helping all babies thrive, especially the smallest and most fragile," said Eleonora Daireaux, Huggies North America vice president, adding the new diaper reflects the brand's ongoing commitment of delivering innovative NICU solutions. From concept to launch, the Huggies Little Snugglers Nano Preemie Diapers only took six months, as the brand's research, skin science, manufacturing, and product safety experts strove to address the need at the soonest time possible. Huggies' new diaper features a narrow absorbent pad and is fitted with gentle, specially sized fasteners to offer a flexible fit that will offer comfort when preemies are in a fetal tuck position where their legs and arms are placed close to their bodies. Gentle leg gathers and a soft, smooth liner were also added for leak protection that doesn't irritate fragile and underdeveloped skin. According to infant development specialist Anjanette Lee from Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, one of nine NICUs where Huggies' new diaper was tested, the Little Snugglers conformed to babies' bottoms without gaps and limiting movement in the babies' legs. She added that less material at the waist and thinner fasteners used were effective in providing a good fit while also protecting the babies' fragile skin. To ensure quality, Huggies has every diaper go through a rigorous inspection process that includes a 40-point hand inspection before being individually folded and then hand-packed for distribution. The Little Snugglers Nano Preemie Diaper is part of Huggies' No Baby Unhugged program established to make sure that all babies receive the hugs they require to thrive. According to research, hugs don't only ease stress but can also help improve sleep, keep heart beats at a normal rate, and promote healthy weight gain in babies. For every signup Huggies receives under the No Baby Unhugged program, the brand donates $5 to volunteer hugging efforts. By funding volunteer hugging programs in hospitals, Huggies is helping ensure that the 380,000 preemies born in the United States every year, alongside all other newborns, get enough human contact for their well-being. "When babies have a longer stay in the NICU and parents unfortunately can't be there all of the time, our NICU volunteers are able to step in and help provide this crucial interaction," said Rebecca Meyers, Lurie Children's Hospital child life manager. Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago was the first hospital to receive a grant from Huggies under the No Baby Unhugged program. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Klinger G.,Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
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The incidence of psychotic disorders during the postpartum period is higher than at any other time during a women's life and coincides with the time when breastfeeding is most recommended. As a result, safety data on use of antipsychotic drugs during lactation is essential. Our aim was to analyze the medical literature for information on antipsychotic drug use during breastfeeding and to determine the safety of their use for the exposed infant. Medline (U.S. National Library of Medicine), LactMed (U.S. National Library of Medicine) and Reprotox (Reproductive Toxicology Center) databases were searched to identify all relevant medical literature on antipsychotic medications and lactation. The database search, updated to March, 2012, used the generic name of each antipsychotic drug in combination with the terms breastfeeding or lactation or breast-milk. 4 prospective studies, 12 case series, 28 case reports and 1 pharmaceutical registry were included. Infant outcomes focusing on long-term outcome were summarized from all reports of breastfeeding mothers taking antipsychotic medications. Recommendations for drug use during breastfeeding were based on safety data and on pharmaco kinetic drug properties. Recommendatins were categorized as acceptable, possible under medical supervision, or, not recommended. Among 21 antipsychotic drugs used in clinical practice, for 7 there are no data at all regarding breastfeeding and for 6 others the data are based only on few infant exposures. Only few prospective studies assessing'use of haloperidol, chlorpromazine and olanzapine during breastfeeding were identified. Olanzapine and quetiapine were categorized as acceptable for breastfeeding. Chlorpromazine, haloperidol, risperidone and zuclopenthixol were categorized as possible for breastfeeding under medical supervision. Breastfeeding cannot be currently recommended for the following medications: aripiprazole, asenapine, chlorprothixene, clozapine, droperidol, fluphenazine, flupenthixol, iloperidone, lurasidone, paliperidone, perphenazine, pimozide, trifluoperazine, thiothixene and ziprasidone. With a limited number of infants exposed to antipsychotic drugs during breastfeeding, for most drugs a firm and evidence-based conclusion cannot be reached. Counseling of breastfeeding mothers should be carefully assessed. Pharmacokinetic drug characteristics, disease severity, behavioral or psychosocial alternatives, preventative interventions and possible impact of discontinuing breastfeeding on the maternal-infant relationship should all be considered.

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