Oceanside, NY, March 29, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- South Nassau Communities Hospital has opened a new Center for Maternal Fetal Medicine, the only dedicated center of its kind for high-risk pregnancies on the South Shore of Nassau County.
The Center, located at 8 Oceanside Road in Rockville Centre, steps away from the main Oceanside hospital campus, will allow highly skilled and specially trained obstetricians to combine advanced medical technology with genetic counseling to provide the specialized care mothers and their fetuses may need to monitor and manage high-risk conditions.
"A pregnancy that is or may become complicated can be extremely upsetting for any parent," said Alan Garely, MD, FACS, FACOG, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at South Nassau Communities Hospital. "Our new Center offers the specialists, advanced technologies and services that enable parents to take an active role in assuring the best possible outcome for their pregnancy, while alleviating the burdens of their concerns and uncertain feelings."
"This new center represents South Nassau's ongoing commitment to bring the highest level of specialty services to the South Shore, so residents in the communities we serve can obtain high-end care close to home," said Richard J. Murphy, South Nassau's president & CEO.
The $3 million center provides comprehensive maternal-fetal care and services and is staffed by specially trained obstetricians known as maternal fetal medicine sub-specialists. They utilize advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies and techniques, including specialized comprehensive ultrasound, genetic testing and counseling, advanced fetal monitoring, to closely monitor the condition of the child and mother and guide the progress of the pregnancy. The Center also features a modern design and decor with comfortable furnishings.
Dina El Kady, MD, FACOG, director of the Center and chief of the division of maternal fetal medicine at South Nassau, has over 15 years of experience in the high-risk field. "Every day, our team of experts, including specialized physicians, genetic counselors and MFM nurses and sonographers work to create the best possible care plans for our patients," she said. "I am so pleased to be able to bring this type of expert, specialized care to the South Shore and look forward to working with expecting parents across Long Island."
The Center's ultrasound lab, which is certified by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, uses high frequency ultrasound systems to create a 2D or 3D image of the uterus, cervix, placenta and fetus to monitor the progression of pregnancies and evaluate fetal well-being, detect fetal anomalies and monitor the baby's growth.
Genetic testing, typically done through blood tests, provides information and support to women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant to discuss possible genetic risk. Testing is effective at identifying risk factors such as advanced maternal age, inherited illnesses and disorders, congenital anomalies and recurrent miscarriages, which is essential to establishing the best possible plan of care for both mother and child.
Fetal echocardiography is used to detect possible congenital heart defects or disease. Similar to ultrasound, it allows the physician to see the structure and function of unborn child's heart.
Dr. El Kady is board-certified in maternal fetal medicine and obstetrics and gynecology. She earned her medical degree from New York Medical College and completed her internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at The Brooklyn Hospital Center and a fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at the University of California, Davis.
She is joined by Jonathan Y. Rosner, MD, who is also board-certified in maternal fetal medicine and obstetrics and gynecology. He obtained his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center and completed his residency training at North Shore University Hospital and his fellowship at NYU Langone Medical Center. He serves as chair of South Nassau's Obstetrical Performance Improvement Committee.
Dr. El Kady and Dr. Rosner are complemented by a patient care team of highly qualified registered nurses (RNs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) and experienced maternal fetal medicine sonographers. Certified in fetal monitoring, the RNs and NPs assist with fetal monitoring, administering medications, blood tests, collecting specimens, educating mothers and coordinating care plans for both mother and fetus. The sonographers are registered in obstetrical imaging and credentialed by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). They have advanced knowledge regarding various fetal conditions and anomalies and are skilled in identifying high-risk fetal conditions.