World Pediatric Project Advances Neonatal Care in St. Vincent

Dr. Laurie Cuttino, an experienced radiation oncologist, treats patients at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital and serves as an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Along with this work, Dr. Laurie Cuttino actively supports the World Pediatric Project, a nonprofit organization that provides medical aid to children and families around the world.

Among its numerous programs, the World Pediatric Project (WPP) has maintained a neonatal unit capacity-building program in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean. The program has worked to advance neonatal care in St. Vincent’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) since 2006, and initiated an on-site nursing consultancy in 2013. For eight months, a WWP volunteer and neonatal nurse provided daily input to physicians and nurses in St. Vincent’s NICU, which helped the unit implement sustainable solutions to its most pressing challenges.

The NICU is now prepared to diagnose and treat serious cases of jaundice, track newborns’ nutritional condition to determine action in the event of sickness, and effectively use a charting system to foster nurse-physician collaboration during clinical processes. Since concluding the nursing consultancy in 2014, the WPP has sustained ongoing communication with the NICU and regularly visits the unit to provide short-term assistance.