onepulse_fall15_risk5Named 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.

In addition to the expert care provided by physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers, the Newborn Center is staffed with specially trained social workers and perinatal workers who 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.

Ramasubbareddy Dhanireddy, M.D.Ramasubbareddy Dhanireddy, M.D., oversees one of the nation’s oldest and largest newborn intensive care units as the Medical Director of the Sheldon B. Korones Newborn Center.  He is only the second medical director in the Newborn Center’s 44-year history.

Dr. Dhanrieddy has published more than 50 research articles, several book chapters, and served as principal and co-principal investigator in several research studies.  He also has received numerous awards and honors, such as being named among the best doctors in America by Best Doctors, Inc., 2007-2013 and also named as one of America’s Top Pediatricians, 2008-2012. Dr. Dhanireddy attended medical school in India and had his pediatric training at Louisiana State University (LSU) Medical Center in New Orleans and Lafayette, LA.  He completed his neonatology fellowship at Georgetown University and medical staff fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. Dr. Dhanrieddy is the Sheldon B. Korones Endowed Professor and Chief, Division of Neonatology at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Dr. Dhanireddy’s dedication to safeguarding the health of our community’s tiniest citizens is evident in the direction the department is headed. Under his leadership, the newborn center has taken on new quality initiatives to continue the mission of reducing infant mortality rates in the area, and earned recognition from the Vermont Oxford Network, a group of more than 850 neonatal ICUs from around the world. Dr. Dhanireddy often speaks on infant mortality and credits the number of community programs working together to address health and socioeconomic concerns in the fight against infant mortality.

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