StoneSprings Hospital Center September 09, 2019

StoneSprings Hospital Center is partnering with Children's National in Washington, D.C. to provide a Special Care Nursery in the Level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at StoneSprings Hospital Center.

Slated to open this fall, the Special Care Nursery will offer care for babies in need of extra medical attention due to preterm birth and other complex care needs. The new strategic partnership will bring providers from Children's National to the StoneSprings NICU.

"Thanks to this partnership between Children's National and StoneSprings, families in Loudoun County will now benefit from the best care the country has to offer even closer to home," said Dr. Robin Steinhorn, senior vice president at the Center for Hospital-Based Specialties at Children's National. "Specially trained providers from Children's National will be onsite at StoneSprings Hospital Center 24/7 and will be directly connected to a team of experts from all of Children's National."

According to Steinhorn, onsite, immediate care is critical to many neonatal cases, and the partnership will strengthen the connection between the two hospitals. StoneSprings Hospital patients in need already have access to Children's Level IV NICU care, the highest level of care, as well as Reston Hospital Center's Level III NICU. The new partnership will allow StoneSprings Hospital Center to handle more of the cases that formerly required a transfer to NICUs equipped for the sickest, most fragile patients.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Children's National as one of the top six pediatric hospitals in the nation in its 2019-20 Best Children's Hospitals annual ranking. Children's National also ranked No. 1 in neonatal intensive care for the third year in a row and in the top 10 for pediatric neurology and neurosurgery, nephrology, cancer, and pulmonary and lung surgery.

"The partnership for neonatal care is the latest example of our commitment to offering the highest level of care to our community," says Matt Mathias, CEO of StoneSprings Hospital Center. "Families can feel confident that StoneSprings Hospital Center is the right choice for their baby's delivery, and a lifetime of care that comes after."