Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Kadlec is home to the area's only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, treating high-risk newborns who need specialized care.
We are happy to announce the construction of our new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is underway thanks to a fundraising effort led by Kadlec Foundation. Current NICU patients are being cared for in Kadlec's Don and Lori Watts Pediatric Unit until construction is complete on the renovated NICU in late 2014. The new unit will be 15,000 square feet and will accommodate 27 beds including private areas for parents and families. To find out how you can contribute to the cause, visit www.kadlec.org/foundation_old.
The current NICU accommodates up to 16 babies plus houses advanced medical equipment used to treat these young patients. The unit includes a parent room for quiet time and consultations with physicians.
The unit is designed to ensure babies get the highest quality care possible. Each isolette has its own lighting controls, rooms have been soundproofed to assure a quiet environment, plus much of the equipment is the most sophisticated on the market.
Other NICU facts:
- Level III NICU
- Opened in 1982
- Baby weight range: 1 to 13 pounds and from 24-week gestation to full term infants needing specialty care
- Average length of stay ranges from a few hours to more than 3 months
- Previous Kangaroo Care National Research Site: A study to determine the benefit of skin-to-skin contact between premature babies and parents
- Neonatologist Dr. Anthony Hadeed joined Kadlec NICU in 1988. Neonatologist Dr. Miriam Zaragoza joined Kadlec NICU in 1992
- Two Neonatal Nurse Practitioners
- Specially trained Respiratory, Occupational, Speech and Physical Therapists along with our Dietician all play an important role as part of our medical team that enhances the quality of your babies care leading to better outcomes once they are discharged
- Experienced and well trained nursing staff who are caring for these infants 24-hours a day. Most of the neonatal nurses are certifed in Neonatal Intensive Care bringing more knowledge to the bedside.