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Hospital Opens New $19 Million Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Date:5/1/2009

DAYTON, Ohio, May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- On Saturday, May 2, Miami Valley Hospital will unveil its new $19 million Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

A community ribbon cutting ceremony is set for 10 a.m. with tours of the unit to follow until 3:30 p.m.

Created with baby and family comfort and staff convenience in mind, the new 51,000 square-foot Level III NICU embraces a unique layout concept that places it at the forefront of innovative hospital design in the Dayton region.

The new NICU, which is located on two floors of the Berry Women's Health Pavilion, is more than double the size of its predecessor. The unit fosters family-centered care through its 60 private rooms.

"Many of our babies remain in the NICU for weeks at a time," said Julie Scanlan, RN, NICU nurse manager. "We set out to create an environment that would provide comfort and privacy not only to babies and families but also for our physicians and staff members."

These rooms replace a NICU where babies had been clustered together in an open environment.

In the new NICU each of the patient rooms is designed to protect tiny babies from outside stimuli to encourage development by incorporating sound-absorbent ceilings and floor tiles, dimming lighting systems and sliding glass doors.

Quiet family areas with overnight accommodations for parents are also incorporated into the unit's design.

For all of its beautiful aesthetics, the design has not compromised the up-to-the-minute technology and specialized care that has given the unit its Level III designation.

Examples of technology include staff being equipped with hands free communication that is connected to babies' heart monitors and ventilators. This equipment keeps nurses updated on the baby's condition at all times and allows instant communication between staff members.

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