SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - With the new year, Memorial Health is opening some new patient care areas, specifically for their neonatal patients and their families.
They hope to enhance the patient experience and better serve those who need them most. The $15 million expansion is set to open in just a few days.
After nine months of work, Memorial Health’s NICU is expanding. They’ll go from 64 beds to 82.
“To see it now come to fruition and be able to open up in two days is just fantastic. The space is beautiful, we’re starting to really understand what this space is going to be able to provide for patients and their families and really excited about it,” said Dr. Brad Buckler, the Medical Director of the Level 3 Neonatal Unit.
Construction is complete transforming this former adult patient care area into a state of the art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, just steps from labor and delivery. The space was designed to think of the patient with more room and even specialized space like isolation rooms and a rooming in space.
“This allows the parents to get very comfortable and used to caring for their baby before they go home to be able to sleep here, have a bathroom and act like they are at home but know that we are just physically right outside the door,” Dr. Buckler said.
Nurses on the unit say this expansion will make a big difference to the families they serve.
“That alone will help a parent feel at ease that they have plenty of space and moms can come in, they can feel comfortable at the bedside. They have more privacy and I feel like they’re, they’re going to love it as well,” Clinical Nurse Coordinator Emily Sellars said.
Dr. Buckler says this expansion will not only enhance the patient experience, but it comes at a much needed time. He says they are the only level 3 provider serving 24 counties and are seeing an increase in the need for neonatal care.
“With COVID being, coming down the pipeline we have seen more premature babies being born, more babies being born in the surrounding communities that do have to come to this level three NICU and so this is just a wonderful time to be able to get those expanded beds that we have,” Dr. Buckler said.
But this upgrade isn’t the only one, Memorial’s Dwaine and Cynthia Willet Children’s Hospital is set to open the first week in March which will further expand their commitment to the children in our community.