Medical director named to Portland’s newest NICU


April 16, 2014

Providence Portland Medical Center has named neonatologist Fred Baker, M.D., as medical director for its new neonatal intensive care unit, scheduled to open on Aug. 19.

Dr. Baker practices with Northwest Newborn Specialists, which provides neonatal care to five Portland-area NICUs. He has previously worked with the NICU at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.

“I look forward to developing a highly functioning NICU that focuses on excellent quality outcomes and patient experiences while reducing overall cost,” Dr. Baker says. “For practitioners and staff, I would like the NICU to be an enjoyable place to work where they can take pride in the care they’re providing.”

Dr. Baker earned his medical degree at University of Nevada School of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship training in neonatology at University of Michigan. His clinical focus includes persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, refractory hypotension and spontaneous intestinal perforation.

Providence also welcomes AnneMarie West, RN, who will be the unit’s nurse manager. West comes to Portland from Arrowhead Hospital in Arizona, and has 22 years of experience working in neonatal intensive care units.

The state-of-the-art, level III NICU is part of an expansion of maternal care services at Providence Portland. Services also include maternal and fetal medicine specialists led by Mark Tomlinson, M.D., OB hospitalists and around-the-clock nurse practitioners.

The new NICU is housed on the hospital’s third floor, which will be devoted to maternal and infant care. The unit initially will serve premature infants 30 weeks and older, and eventually will care for premature infants 28 weeks and older.

With 14 beds, the new NICU will serve patients and families on the east side of Portland. Currently, sick babies with mothers at Providence Portland must be taken to Providence St. Vincent’s NICU. Providence now offers a single phone number for neonatal support services at both locations. Providers can call 503-574-9672 anytime to consult with a neonatologist or arrange for a patient transfer.