Smith, Physical Therapist:
I began working for Hamilton Medical Center because of the unique opportunity to serve patients in a variety of settings, most specifically within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). I primarily serve as the pediatric therapist at Bradley Whiteside Rehabilitation, but I spend several hours each week treating the special little ones in the NICU, alongside the incredible team of nurses and neonatologists. The occupational therapist and I coordinate our efforts to support appropriate development through evaluation of muscle tone, reflexes and range of motion. We work closely with parents and nursing staff to ensure the appropriate treatments are developed and carried out for each baby we are requested to see.
Womack, Occupational Therapist:
Part of my job at Hamilton Medical Center takes place in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). I help to observe all babies who are born at fewer than 34 weeks gestation. I begin by assessing the baby's developmental stage, reflexes, and muscle tone. Then I work closely with the baby's family and NICU nurses to help determine ways to keep baby calm and content. This is accomplished through specific positioning, exercises, and infant massage.