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The renovation and expansion of the NICU assisted in supporting the continuing growth of the Children’s Hospital. Construction began in January of 2016 and completed in the Spring of 2017. The Unit’s expansion from approximately 12,600 SF to more than 20,800 SF, increased the number of beds from 52 to 68. The new NICU provides both Level II and Level III care and services.
Four additional private rooms were added for the comfort of families with newborns receiving care, as well as a play area for siblings of the patients. In addition, a private area was constructed to monitor and care for infants with brain trauma.
With an average of 60 babies in the NICU on a daily basis and treating more than 1,000 babies each year, construction in this busy, sensitive and critical area required careful daily coordination with hospital staff to ensure the safety of the patients and minimal disruption to hospital’s services.