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Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital Opens Most Technologically Advanced NICU in World
Date:3/25/2009

Neonatologists begin new era of treatment to save tiniest babies

CLEVELAND, March 25 /PRNewswire/ --

  • NICU provides individual rooms with sleep accommodations so parents can stay with their infants 24/7 in homelike setting.
  • Innovative care design that creates a healing environment with natural materials like flowers and artwork
  • Green building materials incorporated throughout NICU.
  • Rainbow Neonatologists are world leaders in the advancement of life-saving treatments.
  • The first surgical operating table developed for preemies and newborns designed by Rainbow staff

Parents may never notice the high-tech developments that surround their tiny premature baby in what doctors are touting as the most technically advanced neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in the world. That's because the technology of the new unit has been enveloped into an environment that mirrors the home and where critically ill preemies are treated in an atmosphere that provides safety and privacy for fragile infants and their families.

Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital's new $25 million Quentin & Elisabeth Alexander Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will have single rooms for each baby, designed to decrease the level of anxiety and crisis families will feel, where parents can be with their newborn 24 hours a day. "It is the culmination of five years of intensive planning," says Dr. Michele Walsh, Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Rainbow. "We bring the highest technology available to the most critically ill babies in a homelike environment for their families."

The NICU will have patient pods with soothing themes that incorporate elements of nature - butterfly, flower, sunshine, and raindrop (the latter two required for
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