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The Area's Most Fragile Babies Have a New Home
Date:5/18/2009

Children’s National Moves 28 Newborns into State-of-the-Art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Washington, DC (Vocus) May 19, 2009 -- Twenty-eight fragile newborns have a new home at Children’s National Medical Center. The 54-bed, state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) opened Sunday, May 17, when the babies were transported from the existing NICU. At 35,000 square feet, the new NICU is approximately four times larger than the old unit.

“This is a dream come true for our staff, patients, and families,” said Billie L. Short, MD, Chief of Neonatology at Children’s National. “This NICU was designed with input from our families, nurses, and medical care team members, and we couldn’t be more proud of this unit.”

The 54-bed NICU at Children’s National is the only Level IIIC NICU in the region, the highest distinction available by the American Academy of Pediatrics. That ranking is conferred on NICUs that, among other cutting edge services, offer ECMO (extra corporeal membrane oxygenation or heart/lung bypass).

Other features of the new NICU include:
o   Family-centered care approach to the design of each room
o   46 single patient rooms along with 2-4 bed pods pr
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