NICU Story: Moms of Intensive Care Babies With Transportation Challenges Receive Free Rides to Hospital

Lisa OsborneOne of the most rewarding moments in a mother’s life is giving birth. One of the scariest moments is finding out that the baby needs to stay in the hospital because she needs to receive expert care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). A baby may stay in the NICU for weeks, months or even longer. In some cases, this is devastating for mothers who have transportation challenges and are unable to see their baby on a daily basis.

When Lisa Osborne, an audiologist who works in the NICU, found out about these transportation challenges, she wanted to help. After careful thought and with the support and compassion of other NICU nurses, the NICU Ride Program was born. This Program provides free Uber rides, to and from the hospital, for mothers who find it difficult to visit with their babies. There are multiple reasons why transportation is an issue for some mothers. Having a C-section and being unable to drive may be a factor.  Others may not have the funds to take public transportation or public transportation may not be accessible.

The funds that support the NICU Rides program come primarily from the proceeds of Lisa Osborne and her husband’s stand-up comedy routine held at the Red Light Café in Midtown. She and her husband, who is an Emergency Room doctor, share a passion for helping others and for making people laugh. “We wanted to use the money to do something good for the people in our community,” said Lisa Osborne. At their latest performance, they donated $1,200, which brings the total amount raised for transportation to $3,700.

Another key player in the program’s success is NICU nurse manager Michelle Lynch. She organizes the entire process and finds discount deals that help stretch the dollars raised. So far, the Program has provided over 600 rides to get mothers to and from the hospital.

Since the Program began in January 2017, they have seen an increase in consistent and on-time visits from moms. This helps in the babies healing process and it establishes the bond between the mother and child.

If you are interested in attending a future comedy show, contact Lisa at for more information.

Listen to Dr. Quiñones on “The Weekly Check-Up” radio show

quinones-michael_newListen to The Weekly Check-Up radio show from February 5th featuring Michael Quiñones, MD, FACS from DeKalb General Surgery & Surgical Oncology. His topic of choice was “Noninvasive Breast Biopsy:  Are Too Many Biopsies Being Done?”

The Weekly Check-Up is a live radio show on Sundays at 3 p.m. on AM750 and 95.5FM . If you miss the live broadcast, you can catch the recording on their website within days of the taping. To get to the website, click here:

Arpan Patel, M.D. joins Patten at North Druid Hills Internal Medicine

patel-arpanDr. Patel received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida where he majored in Biology, with a minor in Education.  He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Ross University School of Medicine located in Portsmouth, Dominica, graduating Magna Cum Laude.  Dr. Patel then returned to Florida to complete his Internal Medicine Residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center. During residency he served as Junior Faculty for University Of Central Florida and in his last year he served as the chief resident.

He is a member of the American Medical Association and American College of Physicians. He most recently worked as an internal medicine hospitalist and decided to switch to primary care to fulfill his goal to practice preventative medicine.

His special medical interests include hypertension, Diabetes, heart disease and preventive care. He speaks fluent Hindi and Gujarati and is accepting new patients.

North Druid Hills Internal Medicine is located at 3775 North Druid Hills Rd. in Decatur. Phone is 404.446.1340 and fax is 404.446.3497.

Ferhana Najam, M.D. joins Botstein and Hartman at Rheumatology Associates of DeKalb

najam_ferhanaDr. Najam received her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degrees from Dow Medical College in Pakistan.  She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Meharry Medical College in Nashville and fellowship training in Rheumatology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  In the few years to follow, she continued short courses in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Dubai, as well as the American College of Rheumatology.

Prior to joining DeKalb Medical, Dr. Najam was the Attending Rheumatologist at United Regional Physicians Group, which is affiliated to United Regional Hospital in Wichita Falls, TX.

Dr. Najam is board certified in Rheumatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine and has been in this profession for over 16 years.  Her clinical interest is in general Rheumatology, and she can deal with complex rheumatologic diseases.  She is also trained to do Ultrasound in management of her patients. Dr. Najam is also a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and a present member of the Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America (APPNA) and Wichita County Medical Alliance.

Dr. Najam’s primary office will be the North Decatur location at 2712 N. Decatur Road. Phone is 404.299.0187 and fax is 404.292.2766

Hospice Care Available to DeKalb Medical Patients

hospiceAlthough the majority of hospice care is provided in a patient’s residence, a growing number of hospitals – including DeKalb Medical – are now offering hospital inpatients the option of hospice care in the hospital. In
fact, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s 2015 report on trends and statistics in the hospice industry, the number of hospice patients in acute care
hospitals at death increased from 7 percent in 2013 to 9.3 percent in 2014.

Hospice care has long been recognized for the compassionate
care provided to patients and their families. Hospice workers
focus on reducing pain and addressing physical, psychological,
social and spiritual needs for patients at the end of life. Continue reading “Hospice Care Available to DeKalb Medical Patients”

Topping the list: DeKalb Medical physicians named “Top Docs”

top-docs-16The 2016 Atlanta magazine’s Top Doctors list includes 83 physicians who are members of the medical staff at DeKalb Medical. The list contains the names of physicians who are nominated by other physicians in the Atlanta area as doctors who not only excel in academic medicine and research, but also in patient care.

Physicians often nominate doctors to whom they would send their own family members. Final selection is based upon the doctors’ educational and professional experience. DeKalb Medical congratulates members of its medical staff on this list: Continue reading “Topping the list: DeKalb Medical physicians named “Top Docs””