Edward Hospital debuts private newborn intensive care rooms
Sun staff December 5, 2012 3:24PM
Edward Hospital’s 22 private Newborn Intensive Care Unit rooms feature high-tech monitoring equipment, computer and Internet access, light/temperature controls, two oversized chairs for parents (one which can be used as a bed), a refrigerator for breast milk, closets and natural light.
Updated: January 8, 2013 6:16AM
There’s some good news for babies born with health issues that require extra medical vigilance, and their parents.
Medically needy newborns used to be cared for in shared space at Edward Hospital, but now they have a room of their own — 22 of them, actually.
The Naperville hospital is the first in Chicago’s west and southwest suburbs to provide private rooms outfitted for newborn intensive care.
“The private NICU rooms are important because they give us the ability to customize each baby’s environment to best support their level of care,” says Dr. Bob Covert, medical director, Edward NICU and neonatologist, DuPage Neonatology Associates, in a press release.
“We’re able to regulate light and sound levels to support the baby’s needs and maximize development and healing.”
Each 200-square-foot room features cutting-edge monitoring equipment; computer and Internet access; light and temperature controls; two oversized chairs for parents, one of which converts to a bed; a refrigerator for expressed breast milk; natural light and closets.
The Newborn Intensive Care Unit has two expanded nurses’ stations, a large family waiting room, a parent/physician conference room and a nourishment room with two large freezers for breast milk.
Edward Hospital’s NICU cares for about 400 babies a year.