Named for its founder, Dr. Sheldon B. Korones, Regional Medical Center has one of the oldest and largest neonatal intensive care units in the United States. Approximately 4,500 babies are born at the hospital each year. While healthy babies spend time in the well-baby nursery before heading home with their mothers, more than 1,300 premature or critically ill newborns are treated in the Newborn Center each year.

Since opening in 1968, more than 45,000 premature babies have been treated successfully, some weighing just one pound. The Newborn Center credits its success to a multidisciplinary approach to caring for patients. Specially trained social workers and perinatal workers help the whole family cope with the inevitable challenges of dealing with premature or critically ill newborns.

To date, 46 physicians have been trained in Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine at the Newborn Center, and 600 scientific papers have been published by the facility’s medical team.

Ramasubbareddy Dhanireddy, M.D., is the Medical Director of the Newborn Center.