BOSTON -- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center today opened a larger, state-of-the-art neonatal intensive care unit that provides greater privacy for families, improved monitoring capabilities for all babies, greater use of natural light and improved sound control.
The new, 34-bed, 16,000 square foot facility on Reisman 9 on BIDMC's East Campus consolidates care previously provided in two separate units on two floors. The expanded NICU also enables the Medical Center to increase its capacity to care for the sickest newborns from 10 to 16 beds.
"Our new NICU represents the essence of the Beth Israel Deaconess mission -- the best care possible provided in a warm and caring environment," said President and CEO Paul F. Levy. "It is also part of our long-term initiative to make the best use of space for clinical programs."
"We designed this unit with the comfort and needs of the families as well as those of their newborns," said DeWayne Pursley, M.D., neonatologist-in-chief. "Families will be able to find the privacy they need while continuing to be assured of the best possible care for their infant."
The 34 licensed beds are arranged in pods of four, with the potential to expand capacity to 46 beds. Curtains similar to those in adult wards provide privacy for families, but newborns are under constant monitoring from nursing stations located directly across from the pods. Families can also take advantage of a resource center, a consultation office, three private family rooms and an expanded family/visitor waiting area.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a major patient care, research and teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a founding member of CareGroup Healthcare System. Beth Israel Deaconess is the third largest recipient of National Institutes of Health research funding among independent U.S. hospitals.
The Klarman Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center DeWayne Pursley, M.D., Neonatologist-in-Chief
* The NICU opened in October 1992 with 20-bed capacity and 5,800 square feet on Stoneman 10. It soon expanded to 25 beds.
* An additional NICU Transitional Care Unit opened on Stoneman 8 in January 1997 with 8-bed capacity, and 1,050 square feet. The new unit responded to the need for a less acute environment for stable, growing high risk newborns and continued program growth.
* The NICU has grown consistently over the years, and has a current average daily census of 31. One-third of these infants require level III care, the highest level of NICU care.
* BIDMC's new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit on Reisman 9 has 34 licensed beds with the potential to expand capacity to 46 high-risk newborns in a 16,000 square foot unit.
* The new facility's Level III bed capacity, serving the sickest babies, is 16, an increase of six beds.
* The unit's main features are the capacity for improved developmental care of babies and the family centered design. These include greater privacy for families, improved monitoring capabilities for all babies, greater use of natural light with improved individual bed space lighting control, and improved sound control. "h Other highlights include: A family resource center, a family consultation office, three private family rooms, and an expanded family/visitor waiting area.
* Community hospital affiliations have grown since the NICU opening. Combined perinatal programs now exist with Beverly, Brockton, MetroWest, Mount Auburn, Nantucket and Winchester hospitals.
* Tertiary hospital affiliation with Children's has existed since the NICU inception, with medical and surgical sub-specialty clinical support and academic affiliation of Department of Neonatology.
* The NICU will continue to serve as the central clinical site for the Department of Neonatology's extensive clinical and health services research program and as a training site for several clinical trainees, including neonatology fellows, medical students, nurse practitioner students, clinical nursing students, respiratory therapy students, nutrition interns, and occupational therapy interns.