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Posted June 18, 2013
Sarasota/Manatee Branch of the All Children’s Hospital Guild to Fund NAS Follow-Up Clinic at All Children’s Outpatient Care in Sarasota

NAS Follow-Up Clinic Staff and Guild
The medical team from the Follow-Up Clinic with members of the Sarasota/Manatee Branch of the ACH Guild
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is a growing problem among infants in Sarasota County. There has been an increase of approximately 700% of babies exposed prenatally to addictive drugs who exhibit physical and behavioral symptoms of NAS after birth. Most end up in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. 

A new Follow-Up Clinic at All Children's Outpatient Care Center in Sarasota will give these babies, discharged from the NICU at Sarasota Memorial, access to a variety of special services to help them overcome NAS. The clinic is being funded by a $70,000 grant from the All Children's Hospital Guild Sarasota/Manatee Branch.

"We are concerned about the impact of NAS on babies," said Shirley Jankelevich, M.D., an All Children's Hospital physician who will lead the clinic. "The Follow-Up Clinic will help us provide support for these infants and their families."

The Follow-Up Clinic will offer a variety of services, including: Occupational and Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Feeding Therapy and Applied Behavior Analysis. The Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota will supply a social worker to assist families in the program.

"This program will help give babies a new lease on life," said Kay Aidlin, President of the All Children's Hospital Guild Sarasota/Manatee Branch. "We are happy to provide the funding to support such a needed program in the Sarasota community."

Infants will be scheduled to visit the clinic at three month intervals from birth until they reach 24 months of age. The clinic is held twice a month at the All Children's Outpatient Care Center, located at 5881 Rand Blvd in Sarasota.

For more information, please contact Shirley Storo, ACH Nursing Manager at 941-925-6303.