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St. Joseph’s Expands Neonatal Intensive Care, Obstetrics Units

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More than 1,200 newborns each year are admitted to the NICU at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital.

TAMPA – St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital has started construction on a $9.4 million project that includes an expansion of its Level IV neonatal intensive care unit and renovation of the obstetrics unit.

The 16,500-square-foot project is expected to be complete in February 2020.

As designated by the American Academy of Pediatrics, a Level IV NICU provides the highest level of care, including surgical repair of congenital or acquired conditions and immediate on-site access to pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists and pediatric anesthesiologists. More than 1,200 newborns each year are admitted to the NICU at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital, staying anywhere from several days to five months, depending on their medical condition.

The NICU expansion includes:

  • 12 new, private patient suites, bringing the total NICU bed count to 76
  • Family-centered design with a full bathroom and sleeping nook for overnight guests in each suite
  • Ample space to accommodate the latest high-tech and life-sustaining equipment
  • Addition of a transition nursery with six patient beds for infants in need of additional monitoring after birth.

The transition nursery will be dedicated to newborns requiring six to eight hours of intermediate care. That will allow more babies to stay with their families instead of being admitted to the NICU and complements the spectrum of care for the more than 7,000 babies born each year at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital

“This expansion is in direct response to the needs of our community,” said Janessa Canals-Alonso, director of patient care services for the NICU. “We are proud to provide the most complex level of neonatal care to the most critical babies, regardless of where they are delivered.”

Other construction includes:

  • Renovation of 15 patient rooms in the Obstetrics Unit to provide the comforts of home to new mothers and their babies in a tastefully appointed suite
  • A pedestrian bridge connecting to St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital as part of the $126 million construction project at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

The bridge will allow quick transportation for women and babies in need of surgery and procedures at St. Joseph’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital while providing the public with a safe route to cross Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

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