Dr. Beverly Brozanski was born in a small town southeast of Pittsburgh, PA to parents who were second-generation descendants from Eastern Europe. Dad was a steelworker and mom stayed at home to raise their two daughters. A budding neonatologist, Bev was always interested in tiny humans, and at an early age was found “holding a baby” at most family gathering. Her family eventually nicknamed Bev the “baby whisperer”.
Bev’s interest in developmental biology led her to study the effects of glucose abnormalities on the developing chick embryo in high school. Support from a professor as West Virginia University, fertilized eggs from a local farm and an incubator in the family basement (monitored daily by Bev’s mother), earned Bev a trip to Boston for a NSF high school science competition and launched her career in medicine. Bev studied Biology at Duquesne University where she met her husband Bob, and continued her education-Medical School, Pediatric residency and a Neonatal fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Family, both personal and professional is very important to Bev. One of her greatest accomplishments are her 2 boys who, at an early age, showed keen interest in any and all sporting events, both as players as well as spectators. The Brozanski family spent more than 12 years on a field (baseball/soccer/lacrosse) or a hockey rink (sometimes split to different states or countries). Living in Pittsburgh, with family tickets for Steelers football, Penguins hockey and Pirates baseball, it has been said that Bev might just bleed “Black and Gold”. Now, with sons Benjie in Philadelphia (design engineer), and Brian in the Air Force (8y stationed in Europe and Asia), the Brozanski’s enjoy planning yearly family trips to meet (close to where Brian was deployed) all over the world including bike tours through the Mekong Delta , Thailand and Denali, a cooking class in Chiang Mai and a camel ride in Tangier.
Bev’s professional family are the members of the NICU medical community, both in Pittsburgh and across the country. As Medical Director NICU UPMC Children’s Hospital, Bev was a founding member (2006) of the Children’s Hospitals Neonatal Consortium (CHNC), a quality outcome organization to establish a neonatal database for collaborative benchmarking Bev is also co-chair of the CHNC Collaborative Initiatives for Quality
Improvement, launched in 2010 to provide the structure for collaborative QI work for the consortium. In this role, Bev organized several national and international neonatal quality improvement projects to help CHNC participants reduce CLABSIs, improve post-operative handoffs, reduce post-operative hypothermia, and work toward zero harm in the perioperative period. After more than 35 years at UPMC, Bev and Bob come to St. Louis for her new role as a Quality and Safety leader to develop system-wide initiatives for the standardization of pediatric care throughout the SLCH BJC system.