St. Louis-based Emerson has donated $2.5 million through its Charitable Trust to Mercy Children’s Hospital for its recently expanded neonatal intensive care unit, which is Missouri’s largest Level III facility for infants facing life-threatening health issues – the highest classification in neonatal care.
In recognition of this generous support, Mercy has renamed the unit as the Emerson Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
More than 8,000 babies are born each year at Mercy Children’s Hospital, which serves 85,000 pediatric patients annually. Last year alone, more than 1,400 infants received care in the neonatal intensive care unit, which previously consisted of the old ward-style unit in which babies and equipment were lined up with little space for parents and visitors. The new Emerson Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is comprised of 98 beds and all private rooms organized for optimal patient care and equipped with the latest medical technology. The rooms also include sofas and recliners for family members who are encouraged to participate in the care of their children.
“Time spent in the NICU is a time of uncertainty for parents, and we place a strong emphasis on including parents and loved ones in the healing process,” said Dr. Joseph Kahn, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Mercy Children’s Hospital. “The Emerson Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is designed to offer comforting space and privacy in a modernized environment that supports high-level neonatal and pediatric care.”
“Having the best care available in our region for mothers and their children is very important, and we are pleased to support the neonatal intensive care unit at Mercy Children’s Hospital,” said David N. Farr, chairman, CEO, and president of Emerson. “Emerson is committed to supporting the world-class institutions that make the St. Louis region a great place to call home.”
Mercy Children’s Hospital is the first in the St. Louis area to offer the Wee Care® program to all Emerson Neonatal Intensive Care Unit physicians and staff. The Wee Care program teaches caregivers to provide a more sensitive, womb-like environment for premature infants through dim lighting, reduced noise levels, special bedding, skin-to-skin contact, and other techniques. Studies show that developmental care practices like Wee Care lead to healthier babies and shorter stays in neonatal intensive care units.
Physicians, pediatric nurses, and child life specialists at Mercy Children’s Hospital are dedicated to providing extraordinary care, one child at a time. More than 80 medical and surgical specialists are represented on a team of more than 300 pediatricians who work to improve the health of our community, beginning with the most vulnerable patients.
In conjunction with the Wee Care program and the 98-bed Emerson Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Mercy Children’s Hospital also includes 71 private pediatric rooms with accommodations for family members and a Level I pediatric intensive care unit.
Mercy Children’s Hospital is a “children’s hospital-within-a-hospital” at Mercy Hospital St. Louis and is accredited by the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI). Mercy works with physicians who are specially trained in caring for infants and children in a wide spectrum of pediatric specialties.
Emerson, based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2009 were $20.9 billion. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.