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Yale NICU GRAD Program

(Great Results After Discharge)

The NICU GRAD Program is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary medical and developmental follow-up program designed specifically for infants and young children at risk for medical and/or developmental difficulties due to conditions faced in the newborn period. The NICU GRAD team consists of neonatologists, a pediatric nurse practitioner specializing in premature and high-risk infants, a child psychologist, an occupational therapist, a nutritionist, a family resource coordinator and a nurse coordinator. A speech therapist, physical therapist and social worker are also available for consultation. Each member has extensive experience in addressing the ongoing needs of families faced with caring for at-risk infants and young children.

Our Mission

The mission of the NICU GRAD Program is to provide family-centered, post-discharge medical and developmental care to support high-risk infants and young children both during and after their transition from the hospital to home.

At the NICU GRAD Program, we believe in:

  • delivering quality medical care to high risk infants and children
  • improving access to specialized developmental and nutritional services
  • promoting coordination of services among multidisciplinary providers and
  • advocating for family-centered care

Services Provided

  • Medical care after hospital discharge to help at-risk infants and young children reach their full potential
  • Nutritional evaluation, recommendations and treatment
  • Neurodevelopmental assessment at regularly scheduled intervals
  • Occupational therapy evaluation, recommendations and treatment
  • Coordination of primary and subspecialty care
  • Social work assessment
  • Referrals for intervention and/or community services

Referral Criteria

Referrals to the NICU GRAD Program are available to infants who have a history of one or more of the following conditions:

Birth weight ≤ 1500 grams Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
Gestational age ≤ 32 weeks Seizures
Chronic Lung Disease/Bronchopulmonary dysplasia Meningitis
Persistent pulmonary hypertension Hydrocephalus
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia Intrauterine growth restriction
Infants treated with ECMO Congenital cardiac defects
Intraventricular hemorrhage Other congenital malformations requiring surgery (i.e. esophageal atresia, tracheoesophageal fistula, gastroschisis, omphalocele)
Periventricular leukomalacia Other medically complex conditions
Neonatal Stroke Neonatal Abstinence Sydrome


Our Team:

  • Angela M Montgomery, MD MS Ed (Director, Neonatologist)
  • Christie Bruno, DO (Associate Director, Neonatologist)
  • Emily Gritz, MD (Neonatologist)
  • Soo Hyun Kwon, MD (Neonatologist)
  • Alexis Rodriguez, MD (Pediatrician)
  • Sarah Beres, MS, PA (Physician Assistant)
  • Scuddy Fontenelle IV, PhD, BCBA-D (Psychologist)
  • Kelly K Powell, PhD (Psychologist)
  • Amanda Lowell, PhD (Psychologist)
  • Caitlin Condon, OTR/L (Occupational Therapist)
  • Kim Gramlich, OTR/L (Occupational Therapist)
  • Sara Cave, OTR/L (Occupational Therapist)
  • Dana Carman, RD (Dietician)
  • Lisa Giard, RN (Nurse Coordinator)

Referrals

The NICU GRAD providers see patients at 2 locations:

1 Long Wharf Drive, 2nd floor
Pediatric Center
New Haven, CT 06511

Pediatric Specialty Center at Old Saybrook
633 Middlesex Turnpike
Suite 110
Old Saybrook, CT 06475

For new referrals, please have your physician use the New Patient form.

For questions regarding the NICU GRAD program, please contact Lisa Giard at lisa.giard@ynhh.org or at 203-688-2320.