We are very pleased to announce a new and exciting High-Risk Newborn Follow-up Program. This program is designed to improve outcomes for infants who have spent time in an intensive care unit and may be at a higher risk for developmental, medical, and behavioral health concerns. This program will provide high risk newborns with a customized plan from a multidisciplinary team of experts based on the needs of the child, consistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) screening guidelines. CHCO and UC Health currently have 35% of the at-risk neonate market share within the state. In addition to the Anschutz NICU, patients receiving other medical specialty support would be able to access services from this program.
The Clinical Program Director (CPD) will be a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, or other physician with strong experience in neonatal developmental assessments and follow-up. This individual will be appointed to the Section of Developmental Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics and will report to the Section Head. This individual will be responsible to laying the groundwork for an exceptional and innovative program. The Developmental Pediatrics is a large, thriving, and vibrant section with multiple with physicians, advanced practice providers, psychologists, social workers, genetic counselor, health navigators, child life specialist, care coordinators, and others. We focus on clinical care, research, education, and community outreach.
1.0 FTE – Roles and Responsibilities:
· .40 FTE Administrative (to be reviewed by Section and DOP at the two-year mark)
o First two years: establishing a clinical team, enhance program by building relationships with multidisciplinary team members and hospital specialists, improving clinical and operational processes, conducting outreach with local pediatricians and family practices in the community, attending related conferences and visiting other programs to learn best practices. Begin to establish infrastructure to support a research program aligned with the clinical program.
o After first two years, protected time will be re-evaluated based on the needs of the program and potential for additional external funding. There will continue to be time to focus on program management, expansion, and partnership with community providers. A critical part of the program will be focusing on outcomes and other types of research for these high-risk populations. This research and potential national collaboration opportunities will help guide refinements to the program as necessary.
· .60 cFTE
o .20 Inpatient/NICU: in unit care conferences and/or consults prior to discharge
§ Begin building relationship with families and PCPs
o .20 MDC Follow-up Clinic*: Number of visits for each patient may be recommended based on the unique needs of the child. CPD will lead this multidisciplinary clinic - other experts at targeted visits will include psychologist, pulmonologist, neurologist, nutrition, social work, audiologist, and various therapies.
o .20 Developmental Pediatrics*: while the CPD develops this new program and MDC Follow-up Clinic gains volume, the remaining clinical time will be spent in Developmental Pediatrics to address the current clinical needs, described below.
o As the position ramps up, volume in this MDC program grows, and Developmental Pediatrics fill additional MD vacancies, the CPD will eventually shift clinic sessions from Developmental Pediatrics to the MDC.
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Reference #: MED DIR 21557