Dr. Megan Bartram, a pediatrician with Valley Health Systems, has been named medical director of Lily’s Place, the nation’s first treatment center for infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).
Dr. Bartram will be responsible for oversight of clinical operations at Lily’s Place, located at 1320 7th Ave. in Huntington. In the role, she will work in collaboration with the leaders and clinical staff at Lily’s Place and with the medical director of Cabell Huntington Hospital’s Neonatal Therapeutic Unit (NTU) to provide leading edge NAS care.
“The work that’s being done at Lily’s Place and at the Cabell Huntington Hospital NTU is so important. These babies who need such specialized care have a special place in my heart.” said Dr. Bartam. “Our combined teams work collaboratively to transition affected infants from the NTU to Lily’s Place with a collective goal of providing care that makes a difference in not only their comfort, but in how they grow. I have personally been rounding in the NTU for seven years and have worked at Lily’s Place since it opened six years ago. I have further had the opportunity to provide continuity of care over the years for many of these children in my pediatric practice at Valley Health. It has been exceptionally rewarding to watch them grow and thrive.”
Lily’s Place Executive Director Rebecca Crowder commented, “We are excited to have Dr. Bartam as our new medical director. We think she will be a great asset to our team. We are continuously impressed by the level of compassion and commitment she shows for the babies and families we serve.”
Lily’s Place provides services to infants affected by the opioid epidemic in a caring and non-judgmental environment. Opened in October 2014, the treatment center offers observational, therapeutic and pharmacological care to infants suffering from prenatal drug exposure. The center uses proven therapeutic handling methods and the latest weaning techniques to ease withdrawal symptoms.
Valley Health has been an important part of Lily’s Place’s story from the start. As an organization whose mission it is to serve underserved populations, three of Valley Health’s pediatric providers have been integral to the care offered at Lily’s Place. Of the five physicians who round at Lily’s Place, three are from Valley Health. In addition to Dr. Bartram, Drs. Zach Hansen and Jordan Nash offer their services. Valley Health pediatricians and family medicine providers also offer follow-up care for infants who have been patients of Lily’s Place. They offer care for many of the parents of the children as well.
Dr. Bartram is a graduate of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University, where she also completed her residency training. She is board certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition to serving as the Medical Director at Lily’s place, she will continue to maintain her full-time pediatrics practice at Valley Health – Southside, located at 723 Ninth Avenue in Huntington.
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