Sarah S. Sweigart, PA-C, has been a physician assistant (PA) in the neonatal intensive care unit
at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital for almost eight years. In that time she has become one of the most accomplished PAs within the unit both in patient care and leadership.
Armed with a deep understanding of the field of neonatal medicine, she has been a huge asset to the NICU. She is quick on her feet and always ready for action, whether it involves attending deliveries, performing physical examinations, monitoring a patient’s condition, performing histories and physicals, ordering treatments and medications, performing procedure or resuscitating and stabilizing critical infants.
When she’s not in the NICU caring for the tiniest patients, Sweigart is involved in several other endeavors that go above and beyond her clinical responsibilities.
Passionate about helping advance practice providers pursue a career in neonatal medicine, Sweigart was
instrumental in the development and implementation of the Neonatal ICU Postgraduate Advance Practice Provider (APP) fellowship program, which she currently serves as program director.
“To be able to share the education, clinical expertise and passion for neonatology that I have gained over the past 10 years as a neonatal physician assistant through this fellowship, has by far been my biggest accomplishment,” Sweigart said.
Also serving as one of two providers in the NICU developmental follow-up clinic, Sweigart is responsible for assessing high-risk former NICU infants for developmental delays and referring them to appropriate therapies.
A true leader among her peers, Sweigart works closely with the nursing developmental care team to provide developmental education to all levels of NICU staff and serves as a mentor for numerous APP
students, fellows, residents and nurses by speaking on various topics related to neonatal medicine and neonatal development.