The tiniest patients at Kadlec Regional Medical Center have a new home in the hospital’s expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Kadlec's newly-expanded Level III NICU:
- Is five times larger than the previous NICU
- Increases the number of bassinets for babies from 17 to 27
- Provides private rooms for the babies with individual light control and a sleeping chair so family members can stay with the baby
- Has extended visiting hours
- Includes a fun “Welcome to the World” theme
(L-R) Kelly Harper, RN, Kadlec Maternal Child Services Manager
In all, it’s a $9-million expansion of the area's only Level III NICU, which treats high-risk newborns needing specialized care. Some of the babies who are cared for in the new unit are tiny—from 24 weeks gestation on, and weighing as little as 500 grams (1.1 pounds). Some of those are full-term babies who need extra care the first few days of life.
The expansion couldn’t have happened without the collective support of generous Kadlec Foundation donors. Through Foundation efforts, more than two-thirds of the total cost was raised. The outpouring of support came from Kadlec employees, community members, the region’s medical community, and many others who came forward with financial gifts.
“Donors to the Foundation made this new unit a reality,” said Kelly Harper, RN, Kadlec Maternal Child Services manager. “We have been overwhelmed by the support. We are so pleased, and impressed, that the community understands the important and quality work that happens in our NICU, how it changes lives, and how much need there was to expand so we can provide care to more babies in our region.” In addition to community donors, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and U.S. Rep. Richard “Doc” Hastings helped secure a $1.4 million federal grant in support of the project.
So thank you, Foundation donors. Your support of this project will make a true difference for years to come.