The Nuchal Translucency Oversight Committee (NTOC) of the Society for Maternal – Fetal Medicine (SMFM) has created the Nuchal Translucency Quality Review and certification in order to recognize best practices among medical practitioners who assess fetal health during early pregnancy. Centerpoint Medical Center staff physician Dale R. Yingling, DO, FACOG, and sonographer, April Blauvelt recently received this national certification. Dr. Yingling and Blauvelt are part of Midwest Maternal Fetal Physicians.
Centerpoint Medical Center is part of HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider and private sector employer. Midwest Maternal Fetal Physicians is part of Midwest Physicians, a network of experienced, multi-specialty physicians located throughout the greater Kansas City metropolitan area that is also part of HCA Midwest Health System.
A sub-specialist in maternal fetal medicine, Dr. Yingling, has worked with Centerpoint Medical Center and Midwest Maternal Fetal Medicine Physicians since 2001. He completed his residency at St. John Hospital and Medical Center, in Detroit, and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Yingling has strong research, and paper and publication experience, and offers extensive background in addressing the special needs of women who are undergoing high-risk pregnancies.
NT screening tests may not be available in many smaller medical facilities because of the training and equipment required. The tests assess a baby’s risk of having chromosomal abnormalities, congenital heart problems or Down syndrome. The non-invasive ultrasound procedure measures how much fluid has collected in ‘clear’ or translucent space that exists at the back of a developing baby’s neck during the first trimester of pregnancy. A larger than average clear space may indicate excessive fluid collection with increased risk for development of such conditions. Because this space remains clear only through 13 weeks and six days of pregnancy, evaluation must take place during this period. Expectant parents may request additional diagnostic testing if a NT test indicates possible increased risk.
“We are fortunate to have the tools necessary, at Centerpoint Medical Center, to offer our patients such a highly specialized risk assessment tool,” says Dr. Yingling. “I am honored to receive this specialty national certification.”
NTOC organizations include the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG); American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOOG); American College of Radiology (ACR); American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM); National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC); Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM); and the Society for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS).
“Centerpoint Medical Center is fortunate to offer such highly qualified, specialized care in fetal health,” says Dave Williams, Centerpoint Medical Center chief executive officer. “Dr. Yingling and April’s certifications reflect our commitment to the community’s health and well-being.”
“Midwest Physicians offers high-quality care to patients across greater Kansas City,” says Loren Meyer, MD, Midwest Physicians president. “Dr. Yingling is representative of the exemplary physicians, and April Blauvelt of the sonography technicians we have, who are dedicated to patient-centered care throughout our network of hospitals.”