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St. Rose Dominican Hospitals Launches Baby Growth Tracker Mobile App

Mobile application developed in collaboration with Chandler Regional Medical Center  in Chandler, Arizona, to help parents track their baby’s progress

ImageSt. Rose Dominican Hospitals, a Dignity Health member, has unveiled its new Baby Growth Tracker mobile application. This app, which is available by a free download from the iTunes Store and Android Market, provides resources and support for new parents.

The concept for this app was created and initially submitted by Anna Wroble, R.N., a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurse at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, in response to Dignity Health’s Greenlight Challenge, an annual challenge that harnesses the collective creativity and wisdom of 60,000 employees, volunteers, and physicians to solve crucial issues for the organization.

“We were one of three projects selected from hundreds of submissions to receive grant funding as part of the Greenlight Challenge,” said Rod Davis, president and CEO of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals and senior vice president of operations, Dignity Health Nevada. “We’re humbled to have been selected as part of this innovative effort, especially as we aim to learn how emerging mobile technologies can improve quality of care, lower costs and expand access to the communities we serve.” 

Chandler Regional Medical Center in Arizona, a sister Dignity Health facility, partnered with St. Rose in an effort to launch this app in two distinct markets. Children’s Miracle Network also provided a grant to help with the development of the app.

“As a neonatal intensive care nurse, I find that parents are often traumatized when their babies are in the NICU. They don’t know what to expect and tell me they feel as though ‘they have no control’ when it comes to helping care for their tiny babies,” said Wroble. “Having four daughters, one of whom spent time in the NICU, I wanted to be able to tell parents what they can do rather than what they can’t – and that we are listening to their needs.”

The Growth Tracker app includes relevant information for mothers-to-be and allows parents to track their baby’s progress, including height, weight and head circumference, from their birth through the first year. The app also caters to parents who have a baby in the NICU, with educational information on gestational age beginning at 23 weeks, and it includes a video tour of the NICU to help familiarize parents with the specialized unit.

“The app will engage new mothers in monitoring their baby’s feedings, with features such as a time and date log to track breast and bottle feedings,” says Debbie Pavlica, director of the Maternal Child Center at St. Rose. “Educational materials and videos that range from what to expect as your baby develops, to the important role breastfeeding plays in your baby’s growth and development have also been incorporated.” The app also includes original videos about breastfeeding, hand expressing, and formula safety.

The app can be found on the iTunes and Android stores, by searching through a variety of key words, including “nicu growth” or “Dignity Health.” More information about the apps can be found at www.strosehopsitals.org/mcc.

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