Isabel Rivero, RN, BSN, brings a unique perspective to her work at the Schatzi and Stanley Kassal Project: Newborn Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Holtz Children’s Hospital. She and her identical twin, Viviana, spent the first few months of their lives there, decades ago.
Born prematurely, Isabel and Viviana have been close for as long as they can remember – and it’s a bond so important to Isabel that she was motivated to help others facing similar circumstances.
“I make a difference to families I meet in the NICU, because I’m a real-life success story for parents,” Isabel said. “Of course, my work is challenging, but I also know that the bonds I forge are just as important as the care we give our tiny patients.”
Jan. 1955 Medical Firsts
New Treatment for Cleft Lip Is Designed. Link opens story page.
In 1955, UM/Jackson reconstructive surgeon Dr. D. Ralph Millard, Jr. designed rotation-advancement flap surgery to treat cleft lip.Explore in story page.
Jan. 1985 Medical Firsts
New Treatment for HIV Proves Effective. Link opens story page.
In 1985, UM/Jackson Drs. Margaret Fischl and Gordon Dickinson conducted the trial that proved the effectiveness of azidothymidine (AZT).Explore in story page.
Jan. 1986 Medical Firsts
Bejany Develops Miami Pouch. Link opens story page.
In 1986, a medical breakthrough, known as the Miami Pouch, helped women with bladder cancer enjoy a better quality of life.Explore in story page.