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Part II: A NICU Infant at Home – One Father’s Story

June 2017 Blog, Stories from the NICU Comments Off on Part II: A NICU Infant at Home – One Father’s Story

As excited as we were to take Koby home and out of the NICU, we missed our nurses. Not only because they were good at what they do and helped keep Koby safe and alive, but they also brought my wife and me so much comfort. Having them available to talk to and encourage us was vital. At first, it was difficult without them and we felt a little extra weight on our shoulders as the reality of caring for Koby on our own set in. Having a child with special needs creates many unique challenges as parents. It was such a relief to have our ProgenyHealth Nurse Case Manager, Melissa, there as a resource to navigate any medical issues that popped up. We were able to focus on Koby and our other children, knowing Melissa would help us quickly address anything we needed. Her assistance was well timed and brought us tremendous relief. continue reading

Part I: A Mother’s NICU Story

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I hadn’t been feeling well that day, kind of achy like the flu, but I figured this was the most exhausting Christmas Break on record, and I was 36½ weeks pregnant, so it made sense that I wasn’t feeling that great. I packed lunches and took the kids to the park. I promised that if everyone came when I said it was time to leave we could get dessert on the way home. After the park and on the way home, I was completely wiped out. I asked my oldest daughter to put on a movie for the younger kids while I took a nap. All the while I was beginning to experience persistent low pressure in my back that I wasn’t going to admit was contractions. It was too early for that to be starting.

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Living Our Core Values Every Day

February 2016 Blog, The Business of Health Care Comments Off on Living Our Core Values Every Day

As we begin the New Year and make our own resolutions, it’s a fitting time to revisit how your company’s core values present themselves through your work. ProgenyHealth’s core values are essential to the company, as our culture, brand, and business strategies are all grounded in these themes. ProgenyHealth’s eight core values are reflected in each and every one of our employees who live Progeny’s mission every day. In order to provide the highest quality programs, we recruit and work to develop and retain a highly skilled staff. We hire the best, experienced individuals who are specialists in their field. Here’s a story highlighting our values and practice:

Grace is a ProgenyHealth Case Manager (CM) who came to us from a regional hospital with twelve years of experience working in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Her onboarding with us included training on ethics as well as education on methods to build collaborative relationships. With her extensive experience and background, she was an excellent choice for one of our teams that manages drug dependent babies. Her high level of engagement with drug dependent moms was built upon her respect for their individual challenges and desire to help their babies. Moms value our innovative program that help get babies home sooner through advance protocols and evidence-based best practices.

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World Prematurity Day: A Strategy to Impact Care & Costs

November 2015 Blog, Health Management, Stories from the NICU, The Business of Health Care 1 comment

November is Prematurity Awareness Month and today marks World Prematurity Day, where various organizations focus the nation’s attention on premature birth. According to the CDC, last year one in every nine babies was born premature in the United States. That’s approximately 450,000 babies each year.

Premature birth is a major driver of health insurance costs. In 2007, the Institute of Medicine reported that the cost associated with medical and health care services for preterm infants was $16.9 billion, with more than 85 percent of those medical care services delivered in infancy. Comparatively, the average medical cost for a healthy baby is $4,389, but for a premature baby it jumps to $54,194. That is a considerable difference. One strategy to reduce costs is to work with a team of NICU experts who can manage the ongoing care management needs of these high risk infants and their families. At ProgenyHealth, we feel that there is a significant opportunity to simultaneously improve outcomes and reduce the costs to the health care system.

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The Important Role a Lactation Consultant Plays in Helping Mother-Baby Pair in the NICU

August 2015 Blog, Breastfeeding, Stories from the NICU Comments Off on The Important Role a Lactation Consultant Plays in Helping Mother-Baby Pair in the NICU

Every August, World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated in more than 170 countries around the globe. It is an annual reminder to improve the health of babies around the world by encouraging breastfeeding. Breast milk is the ideal food for babies. It is an amazing “brain food,” containing more than 200 ingredients that are specifically designed to provide the most ideal continue reading

Christmas in July: Bringing Christmas to the NICU Every Day

July 2015 Health Management Comments Off on Christmas in July: Bringing Christmas to the NICU Every Day

An amazing phenomenon occurs in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) as Christmas approaches. Most neonatologists in the hospital will tell you that invariably the Average Length of Stay (ALOS) goes down by a few days. Some doctors have confirmed that, when appropriate, they even promise families that they will do their best to continue reading

15 Weeks Early: A Success Story

June 2015 Blog, Stories from the NICU Comments Off on 15 Weeks Early: A Success Story

Imagine you are barely six months pregnant and on a business trip from your home in Wisconsin to California, when quite unexpectedly you begin premature labor. Courtney, the mother in this story, delivered a baby boy weighing only 1 pound, 14 ounces at 25 weeks gestation. This presented a host of challenges that ProgenyHealth was equipped to handle. continue reading