Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Tiny Babies Get a Better Start in a NICU Designed for Them

In the last 30 years, we’ve learned a lot about caring for pre-term and critically ill infants. We now know that the old model Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – a bustling area with many infant beds – is less than ideal. Excessive noise and stimulation create stress for already vulnerable NICU babies. Families are stressed by the shared environment, as well, as their most private family moments are anything but private.

At Mercy Children’s Hospital Springfield, we recognize the need to replace our 28-bed, at-capacity NICU with an expansion that offers single-patient rooms and family-centered care. Plans are now underway for a NICU that meets the unique needs of babies and their parents.

Our NICU renovation will include:

  • Accommodations for more than 50 babies
  • 27 single-patient rooms, 8 multiple-birth rooms
  • 4 isolation rooms, including 1 for multiples
  • Nursing care adjacent to each baby’s room
  • Private, comfortable accommodations for parents
  • Family lounge
  • Meditation and bereavement rooms
  • Private breastfeeding rooms
  • Family consult and sibling play area

Won’t you join us in creating the best possible healing environment for our tiniest patients? Your financial gift will have a lasting impact for families, as they look beyond immediate challenges to a bright future at home with a healthy baby.

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