DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35)
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center opened a new NICU at their center in Daytona Beach.
Officials said the new Level II NICU will have private family centered rooms while treating sick and premature babies with specialized medical treatment.
The $10 million construction project began in January 2015 and expanded Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center's fourth floor by 16,300 square feet, connecting the new NICU to the existing birthing center.
"The birth of a child is one of the greatest miracles of life," said Becky Vernon, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center director of women and children's services. "Unfortunately, there are times when things may not go as planned and the baby may arrive premature or sick, requiring intensive nursing and medical care. These babies need specialized medical treatment, so there's a real need in our community for the Level II NICU to provide care to our smallest patients."
The research based unit includes 16 beds and incubators, ventilators and other equipment for preemie babies, specifically those 32 weeks and older. Each private room also has sleeping and showering accomodations so the parents can stay with their baby which, officials said, allos a more advanced sensory environment for the babies.