Low Birth Weight: Referral Directory
- Sondra Perry - Practice Manager
- Vicki Dennis - Interim Director
- Sally Adams, MS, RN, CPN - Nurse Practitioner
- Cathy Boatman, MS - Developmental Specialist
- Miguel Cruz - Referral Coordinator
- Alicia Guzman - Research Assistant
- Elizabeth Heyne, MS., PA-C - Physician Assistant
- Jana Lizette Torres - Intake Nurse
- Shannon Despino, RD - Nutritional Assessment and Education
- Yesenia Watters, LMSW - Social worker
- Rebecca McDougald, NP
- Jillian Waterbury, NP
The Children’s Low Birth Weight Clinic works closely with Parkland Memorial Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit to identify infants whose demanding medical and social needs would be best addressed by a specialized clinic.
Description of services:
The Low Birth Weight Clinic provides comprehensive medical and psychosocial treatment through intensive intervention, education, social services and developmental testing for premature infants from birth to age 3. Services include Texas Health Steps and immunizations.
Procedures performed or problems diagnosed and treated:
Primary care for high-risk infants born at Parkland Memorial Hospital with:
- Severe prematurity - less than 3 pounds, 5 ounces at birth
- Low birth weight - less that 5 pounds, 8 ounces with one or more comorbidities, such as:
- Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
- Intraventricular hemorrhage grades 3 and 4
- Cystic periventricular leucomalacia
- Necrotizing enterocolitis requiring resection
Information for referral sources:
- Generally, referrals are limited to high-risk infants from Parkland Memorial Hospital as described above. Infants from other facilities may be considered on a case-by-case basis. When making referrals, ask to speak with Jana Lizette Torres.
- A written referral from physician or referral source is required if Children’s is not the primary care provider.
- Pre-authorization is required by some insurance plans.
- To avoid unnecessary testing, have the family bring relevant medical records, test results and radiographs to the appointment.
- Services are provided in close cooperation with the patient’s referring physician, if Children’s is not the primary care provider.
- Diagnosis, evaluation and recommended treatment information is provided promptly to the referring physician, if Children’s is not the primary care provider. Please provide the following when calling to schedule a patient for a diagnostic examination:
- Patient name, date of birth, gestational age, birth weight and birth hospital
- Insurance/referral information
- Reason for referral and any additional concerns
Why Children's Medical Center?
- The physician on the medical staff and three practitioners share more than 90 years of combined experience with low birth weight infants.
- The Low Birth Weight Clinic has served patients for more than 25 years, and is involved routinely with national studies regarding premature infants and their future development.
- A unique clinic in the state that provides comprehensive primary care specifically to very low birth weight infants.
- A clinic that provides formalized developmental testing as part of a patient’s treatment plan.