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The California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative and California Association of Neonatologists jointly awarded El Camino Hospital NICU Family-Centered Care Committee (FCC) the 2021 David Wirtschafter Award. Named in honor of a leader in neonatal quality improvement, the award is given to NICU quality improvement leaders or teams whose contributions impact their unit and the larger neonatal community. The El Camino Hospital NICU FCC formed in 2016 under the leadership of Stanford neonatologists, including FCC Chair Dr. Malathi Balasundaram. By integrating parents as active participants in every aspect of the NICU experience, the FCC has made tangible improvements for El Camino Hospital NICU babies and their families. The Wirtschafter Award recognizes several achievements by the FCC, including the creation of a Family Advisory Board of over 25 former NICU parents, establishment of a parent buddy program, development of technology-based discharge education, improved rates of early hand expression of breast milk, and earlier and more consistent kangaroo care. Full list of team members can be found here.

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