Meet Our Baystate Team
Dr. Rachana Singh, Medical Director, NICU and Neonatologist, has been our Teams’ Principle Investigator for the 2nd half of ELGAN II and now for ELGAN.ECHO Study protocol. Dr. Singh has been caring for preterm infants for last 17 years. She was also instrumental in starting the NICU Neurodevelopment Follow-up Clinic at Baystate Children’s Hospital due to her keen interest in long term neurocognitive and cardio-metabolic outcomes. She feels it to be a great honor and privilege to work with the wonderful ELGAN families who are contributing to our understanding of outcomes for ELGANs.
Debby Klein, RN, was the ELGAN II Research Nurse Coordinator, now glad to be a part of ELGAN.ECHO and is looking forward to see our families again! She has worked in NICU and CCN at Baystate, taking care of newborns – both as a nurse as well a part of NICU related research projects. Debby has been a pediatric nurse (in an earlier life), too and has been delighted to be able to connect these two professional interests.
Dr. Bhavesh Shah, former director of the NICU, was the Principle Investigator for Baystate Children’s Hospital’s Elgan study site when all of our ELGANs were born. He was involved in the intensive care of newborns for over 35 years and was actively involved with the ELGAN Study from the early planning onward. Dr. Shah continued to be the “PI” for the beginning of ELGAN II and has since retired. He wishes all of our ELGAN Families well and hopes to come back as a volunteer to see you, when he’s not visiting his Grandchildren.
What a treat it’s was for us to see over 60 ELGAN children and their parents for ELGAN II !! Baystate ELGAN Families came from the Springfield area, the Berkshires, the Worcester area; some traveled from as far away as Arkansas, Florida and Georgia!
We are so grateful to our ELGAN families for their efforts and commitment to stay involved and help us so we can learn more about ELGANs. We value our ELGAN families’ support; it is invaluable to gather information for future families with premature babies.
We are looking forward to seeing our ELGAN children and their parents again as 15 year and 18 year olds.
Let’s Stay in Touch! We want to be able to be able to share our ELGAN.3.ECHO plans with you and to send newsletters and other information to you! So please stay in touch: let us know your new mailing address and phone numbers if they change. Contact for ELGAN @ Baystate Children’s Hospital:
Debby Klein, RN
Rachana Singh MD, ELGAN PI