Jacksonville, FL - Orange Park Medical Center has announced a $2.9 million expansion for their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, in hopes of being able to better service expecting families in the Northeast Florida community.
As part of the expansion, Chief Nursing Officer, Kathy Hester, says they're not only adding on new NICU beds, but ensuring that those beds are designed and equipped to provide specialty level II or level III newborn care.
"We'll be able to take them [babies] much younger, and much smaller," explains Hester, as the new beds would provide the ability to care for babies born at less than 32 weeks and 1,000 grams, as well as babies born with critical illnesses.
Hester says upgrades will also include NICVIEW technology, which is a bedside camera that shares live-stream video through a secure system, allowing families 24/7 access, even if they can't be at the hospital.
In addition, with this expansion, they expect to be better able to keep moms and babies together and provide service to mothers identified as potential high-risk deliveries.
Construction on the expansion will get underway this summer and should wrap up in early 2019.