White Plains Hospital 2016-2017






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“We are so thankful for the care we received. We did the work the first several months, but it was White Plains Hospital who nursed our son to health.”
“Don’t Google anything.” Those were the words that Hannah and Vinny Spencer heard from Kevin Fletcher, MD, the neonatologist who oversaw Hannah’s care in the White Plains Hospital Emergency Department in February 2016. Jacqueline Monaco-Bavaro, MD, Hannah’s OB/GYN, had quickly sent her there after Hannah’s blood pressure registered 190/110 during a routine prenatal visit (120/80 is considered normal) 28 weeks into her pregnancy. The reading signaled preeclampsia—a medical condition that can be life-threatening if left untreated. The ED team quickly but calmly treated her, stabilizing her blood pressure.
There’s a wealth of inaccurate medical information on the Internet, and Dr. Fletcher wanted to make sure the Spencers didn’t become fearful over untruths they may have come across during a Google search. “It was one of the best pieces of advice we got that day, because I was on bed rest for weeks afterward and had plenty of time to Google!” recalls Mrs. Spencer, who spent three and a half weeks in the Hospital’s William & Sylvia Silberstein Maternity Center. Hospital staff arranged to set up the private room so that Mr. Spencer, who works in corporate finance, could spend the night with his wife and work during the day from the hospital room. Mrs. Spencer was also able to continue some of her own business activities there, packaging jewelry she had sold for shipment to her clients. “The staff were the most hospitable people you could imagine,” said Hannah.
At 31 weeks and four days of pregnancy, Hannah’s placenta detached, and the team once again mobilized into action. “They reassured us that there were 156 years of experience in that room to help Hannah and our baby,” said Vinny tearfully. “Dr. Jaile (Jesus
C. Jaile-Marti, MD, Chief of Neonatology at the Hospital) said if our baby was fine, they’d bring him to us so we could kiss him before they took him to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).”
The delivery was a success. The Spencers were able to hold their son, Nolan—born March 22, 2016, at 2 pounds 1 ounce and just over 14 inches long—before he went to The Charles A. Mastronardi Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Nolan required NICU care for two months, which included a transfer to the NICU at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) where he received seamlessly coordinated care and special attention to his eye health.
“Every day in that NICU, we saw a high level of experience and professionalism on every level,” says Vinny. “Dr. Jaile and the team
did a great job of explaining things to us in terms we could understand. They made us feel very comfortable receiving information that no first-time parents could anticipate.”
“Dr. Jaile is like family, and we are so grateful he treated us like individuals,” says Hannah. Nolan just recently celebrated his first birthday, and is an active toddler who loves to explore and observe his world. A physical therapist works with him twice a week, and he has hit all his developmental milestones, right on schedule.
“I want to thank everyone at White Plains Hospital and in the NICU who cared about our son as much as we do,” Hannah continues. “We are so thankful for the care we received. We did the work the first several months, but it was White Plains Hospital who brought our son to health.”
“It was White Plains Hospital who who brought our son to health.” — Hannah and Vinny Spencer
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