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Posted December 16, 2011
March of Dimes Honors Two ACH Neonatologists
Dr. Stromquist and Dr. Napolitano at the awards ceremony

At the December 1st Pinellas Signature Chefs Auction/Dinner, the Tampa Bay Divison of the March of Dimes honored ACH neonatologists Tony Napolitano, M.D., and Carine Stromquist, M.D., for their commitment to saving the lives of children. The parents of Madeline Reese Nobles, the 2011 Ambassador Child for Tampa Bay March of Dimes, nominated both physicians for this award. Maddie was admitted to the All Children's NICU in 2010 for persistent pulmonary hypertension, and there were many difficult moments when her care team and her family feared she would not pull through.

Erin Robles, Maddie's mom, described the compassionate care exemplified by these two physicians. Here are excerpts from her remarks:

"I truly believe that Dr. Stromquist's ability to assess Maddie's condition and make quick and appropriate decisions about the best course of care is a large part of why Maddie is neurologically intact today. Over those many weeks that we spent in the NICU, Dr. Stromquist was a frequent presence: rounding with residents, coming by to check on Maddie, coordinating and holding interdisciplinary team meetings, which she made sure we were part of. But as wonderful as Dr. Stromquist was for us, I know that Maddie was not her only patient....and I know that she has applied the same level of intelligence, professionalism, and caring to each child whose life she has impacted."

"I first met Dr. Napolitano on February 28, 2008 when my daughter, Delia, was born. Delia was also born with birth defects and did not survive beyond a few hours. In the critical time before her death, he treated my family with the sensible compassion for which he is so well known. And Dr. Napolitano again came into my family's life during Maddie's hospital story, as an Attending who cared for her during her eight-week hospitalization. Dr. Napolitano was always kind, always honest, and always skillful. He was a calming presence on the unit and it was clear to us that he had the utmost respect of the residents, nurses and other practitioners."

In accepting these awards, Dr. Stromquist and Dr. Napolitano said that saving Maddie was a team effort and thanked all the members of the NICU team-clinical, administrative and support staff-for their efforts. They also noted that several of the lifesaving treatments Maddie received while in the NICU, including nitric oxide therapy and lung surfactant, are available because of early research support from the March of Dimes.

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