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Cabell Huntington to partner with Lily's Place to help drug exposed infants

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Cabell Huntington Hospital and Lily's Place have announced a partnership for newborns suffering from the effects of prenatal drug exposure in a unique transitional care center.

The agreement enables Cabell Huntington Hospital to provide operational and management support, clinical staff to provide short-term medical care and treatment and security for Lily's Place, located at 1320 Seventh Ave. in Huntington. Lily's Place volunteers and board members will continue to provide volunteer support, community outreach and seek grants and fundraising. Infant patients will transition from Cabell Huntington Hospital's Neonatal Therapeutic Unit to Lily's Place to continue to heal before going home.
"When we first realized the growth and impact of the epidemic of prenatal drug exposure more than two years ago, we responded proactively and addressed it head-on," said Brent A. Marsteller, president and CEO of Cabell Huntington Hospital. "Our partnership with Lily's Place is a further investment of our resources and we feel it is our obligation to provide the specialized care these fragile babies need.
"Lily's Place is an extension of our Neonatal Therapeutic Unit where our specially trained nurses provide a high level of care for these babies each day. We are proud of the efforts of our community for their tremendous display of support for these babies and we look forward to continuing to partner with these generous groups and individuals to address the needs of the many innocent victims of drug abuse."
An opening date for Lily's Place is pending approval from state and federal regulatory agencies. Cabell Huntington Hospital will be updating security and electronic medical records to meet all safety and patient care quality standards.
When Lily's Place opens, Cabell Huntington Hospital nurses will provide round-the-clock care for up to 29 newborns.
"Our nurses provide extraordinary, evidence-based care each day to ensure optimal treatment and to improve the clinical outcomes of these babies suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)," said Joanne X. McAuliffe, DNPc, OCN, NEA-BC, vice president and chief nursing officer at Cabell Huntington Hospital. "Having Lily's Place allows us the opportunity to expand our current care delivery model and provide needed services and education as we transition babies from acute care to home."
Sean Loudin, MD, a fellowship-trained neonatologist with the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall Health and the Hoops Family Children's Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital, will serve as medical director for Lily's Place. He has years of experience and an extensive research background focused on effective care and treatment of babies with prenatal drug exposure.
"Infants born exposed to a variety of substances will receive groundbreaking care at Lily's Place from a team of dedicated individuals across a variety of roles," Dr. Loudin said. "I see this as one effective continuum of care. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Therapeutic Unit and Lily's Place provide specific services at various points throughout the evaluation and treatment process for these babies. The same medical staff, nursing staff, social workers and volunteers will be taking part in these infants' care across all patient settings and we tailor the treatment to each individual baby based on the severity of symptoms. We all work together to do what is best for each baby, along the way providing the caregivers education and understanding to deal with life after hospitalization."
The facility that houses Lily's Place is the result of a grass-roots effort led by Mary Calhoun Brown, a former volunteer at Cabell Huntington Hospital who witnessed the effects of prenatal drug abuse and took on Lily's Place as her mission. Under her leadership and with volunteer efforts from hundreds of residents and groups throughout the Tri-State, the physical location for Lily's Place was transformed from a medical office building donated to the cause by Laura Darby.
"This partnership is a display of how community organizations are locking arms to do what is best for these babies," said Mary Calhoun Brown, a founding board member and volunteer at Lily's Place. "We are getting closer to opening the facility we set out to create. Through the experienced medical care from Cabell Huntington Hospital physicians and nurses, addiction counseling services through Prestera and the passion of our community volunteers, this will be a special and unique place for these babies and families to prepare to go to a safe and drug-free home."
Nursing opportunities at Lily's Place will be available at under the "employment" tab. For information about Lily's Place or volunteering there, call 304.523.5459.