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Pediatric Interim Care Center The Newborn Nursery

Caring for the smallest victims of drugs

aka Pediatric Interim Care Center   |   Kent, WA   |  www.picc.net

Mission

Pediatric Interim Care Center's mission is to provide safe transitional medical care between hospital and home for prenatally drug-exposed and medically fragile infants, to provide educational services to the community on the recognition and care of drug-exposed infants, and to always be a voice for the child.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Ms Barbara J Drennen

Main address

328 4th Avenue South

Kent, WA 98032 USA

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Formerly known as

Pediatric Interim Care Center Inc

EIN

91-1485176

NTEE code info

Alcohol, Drug Abuse (Treatment Only) (F22)

Pediatrics (G98)

Residential, Custodial Care (Group Home) (P70)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Founded in 1990, Pediatric Interim Care Center was the nation's first interim care facility for drug-exposed and medically fragile newborns. Today PICC remains the only facility of its kind in Washington State and one of a very few in the nation. Having worked with many organizations that have tried to replicate our model in other states, we know that most of these efforts ultimately fail because they are unable to maintain the consistent, long-term funding necessary to sustain a program that requires a highly experienced and professional nursing staff 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, while at the same time remaining cost-effective. This is particularly difficult today when a shortage of qualified nurses has made hiring very competitive.

Our programs

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Infant Withdrawal Program

The Infant Withdrawal Program provides 24-hour transitional care for newborns withdrawing from prenatal exposures to opiates and other drugs. Drug-exposed infants requiring an interim level of care are identified by the hospitals where they are born and temporarily placed at the center by DCYF. The infant receives 24-hour medical monitoring and nursing care as needed until the withdrawal symptoms are resolved and the infant is able to eat, sleep, and gain weight normally. The average stay is 37 days. During the baby's stay, parents are encouraged to visit and learn the baby's care. If the baby is going to be discharged to a relative or foster parent, those caregivers are also provided training in the baby's care. Placement decisions are made by DSHS. About half of the babies go home with parents or relatives, and about half are placed in foster care. PICC's Social Worker follows the babies at home for six months to see that the baby continues to thrive.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Parents

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

With each infant, it is PICC’s goal to provide a safe and healthy start in life and to improve long-term outcomes through early intervention. Specific goals in the care of each infant are as follows:
1. Safely and comfortably wean the infant from drug-dependency.
2. Establish a healthy weight gain.
3. Facilitate family bonding and train caregivers to respond to ongoing needs.
4. Assure that the infant continues to thrive in a home environment.
It is also PICC’s goal to provide substantial savings to the state healthcare system by providing a safe, low-cost alternative to hospital care for drug-affected and medically fragile newborns.

The design of PICC's program provides for medical oversight by the center's Medical Director, a board-certified Pediatrician who establishes medical protocols, examines every baby soon after admission, prescribes medications, makes regular rounds, and is on-call for emergencies and consultation. The Nursing Director oversees the daily operation of the nursery, with an R.N. on duty at all times to give medications, do assessments, and perform all medical care. Daily infant care (feeding, changing, and bathing) is performed by nurses' aides who are trained and mentored in-house to provide therapeutic care specific to drug-exposed infants. Volunteers assist the nursing staff with household chores, laundry, and rocking babies. The center is administered by Barbara Drennen, its co-founder and Executive Director, and overseen by its Board of Directors. From the beginning, PICC's financial sustainability has relied on combination of private and public, with its strategic plans increasing the percentage of private funding over the years. In its early years, PICC's contract with the State of Washington provided about 90% of its budget. Today PICC's state contract provides 45% of the funding needed for operations. PICC has also strategically planned to diversify its funding base by increasing the number of donors through recruiting-oriented special events, establishment of the planned giving program, expanded grantmaking, and use of social media.

Pediatric Interim Care Center has a highly experienced and dedicated staff led by its Co-Founder and Executive Director Barbara Drennen. It has a committed Board of Directors with access to the experience and knowledge of an Emeritus Board of outstanding former Board members. PICC's facility in Kent, which was completed in 2006, was designed specifically for the needs of PICC's unique program and combines the security and functionality of a medical facility with the soothing environment of a homelike nursery. An estate gift in 2018 allowed us to complete the payment of the building, securing it for generations of drug-exposed infants to come.

Over its 28 years of operation, PICC has successfully weaned more than 3,000 babies from their drug-dependency and given each and every one of them a safe and healthy start in life, while saving the state millions of dollars each year by providing a cost-effective alternative to hospital care. PICC has received national attention and is frequently called upon for information to replicate its model program. PICC has received honors from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Washington State Legislature, and the U.S. Congress. Beginning in January 2019, PICC will be the first Pediatric Transitional Center licensed in the State of Washington under a new licensure created by the legislature within the Department of Health.

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Pediatric Interim Care Center The Newborn Nursery

Board of directors
as of 02/23/2023
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Board chair

Mr Eric Drever

Commander, Tukwila Police Department

Term: 2021 - 2023

Kenneth G Bussey

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Marjorie L Norman

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