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Karola Long, RN Named 2014 Perinatal Nurse of the Year by the Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network

Released: 7/18/2014

Congratulations to Karola Long, RN, Obstetrical Outreach Coordinator at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, on being awarded 2014 Perinatal Nurse of the Year by the Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network, Inc. Karola was honored by the BPPN for her significant achievements within the field of Perinatal nursing at the eleventh annual “Great Baby Beginnings” Cocktail reception on July 17 at the Delaware Park Marcy Casino.

The Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal is a not-for-profit community based organization, and one of 16 Comprehensive Prenatal-Perinatal Service Networks in New York State. Established in 1987, it works with health and human service providers and consumers to develop and implement efforts that focus on improving birth outcomes, especially for populations who are at risk. Annually The BPPN has a benefit that honors the outstanding contributions to the field of Perinatal health care, and this year they have named Karola as one of their honorees.

Karola has been a Registered Nurse for 40 years and has focused on obstetrical nursing consistently during the past 36 years. She has eight years of experience as a staff nurse in the Mother-Baby Unit, 15 years on Labor & Delivery with both staff and charge nurse responsibilities, and has been the Obstetrical Outreach Coordinator for WCHOB since 2001.

In her role as Outreach Coordinator, Karola coordinates a multidisciplinary team to review the cases of women from various parts of WNY, Canada, and and Pennsylvania who are experiencing high-risk pregnancies. She organizes specialists from a wide breath of fields, including Maternal Fetal Medicine, Neonatology, Genetics, Pediatric Surgery, Social Work, Nursing, and Spiritual/Bereavement Support as necessary.

In addition, Karola has been an active member of The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and essential to New York State’s Perinatal Quality Collaborative Project.

In these projects, as in all of her work, Karola’s commitment to Family and Patient Centered Care is evident. Known for a precise level of detail, she is always making sure the best care is being given to mother and child at all times.

Congratulations, Karola!