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CPRMC's new neonatal ICU to keep more babies near home

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Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 5:35 pm

CEDAR PARK, — Cedar Park Regional Medical Center will open its Level II NICU this month.

“The eight-bed special care nursery will provide a much needed service to the families in our region,” said hospital CEO Tim Adams. “In providing a higher level of care, many infants who otherwise would require transport to another facility can be treated at CPRMC and remain close to their families.”

A grand opening and ribbon cutting will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday on the third floor of CPRMC.

According to Dr. Simon Michael, Medical Director of Neonatal Services, the new NICU will provide services for infants who are born prematurely or require the treatment of other health issues, such as respiratory distress, difficulty eating, or infections.

The NICU will be staffed with a multidisciplinary team of neonatal care specialists and equipped with latest technologies to provide specialized care for infants. The team includes neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers and physical therapists.

“The NICU has been carefully designed to provide a nurturing environment for families. The environment has been created with consideration for the developmental needs of infants, including specialized lighting and the control of noise. This will provide parents with comfort, knowing that their babies will have all that they need,” said Charisse Leach, MSN, RNC, Director of Women’s Services.

The new NICU is part of CPRMC’s first expansion project. The 2838 square foot expansion includes two additional Labor Delivery Recovery Rooms and an Obstetrical Triage Room in addition to the NICU. The cost of construction is approximately $2.5 million. For more information about our perinatal services, visit CedarParkRegional.com or call 528-7000.

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