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Local hospital to create NICU

Posted: October 5, 2010 10:33 p.m.
Updated: October 6, 2010 4:30 a.m.
 

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital announced that state officials approved its design plan for an 11-bed neonatal intensive care unit, or “NICU,” on Tuesday.

The NICU is scheduled to open in 2011.

“The birth of a baby is a miracle and a precious time for families,” said Diana Vose, president of the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Health Foundation. “The new NICU will offer a warm and nurturing environment to meet the needs of our tiniest patients who need extra care, right here in Santa Clarita.”

The health foundation has committed to raising $2 million of the unit’s $6 million cost. The unit will be designed with “home-like” features and will be sound and light-controlled, for a calm environment.

“Philanthropy is a critical part of the hospital’s growth, and community support is essential to meet the challenge of building a NICU that our babies deserve,” Vose said.

The NICU will be built in the hospital’s old intensive care unit that was about 30 years old. Space for the NICU became available after Newhall Memorial opened its 18-bed intensive care unit in August. Building the neonatal care unit was part of Newhall Memorial’s master plan.

The master plan was approved by the Santa Clarita City Council in November 2008, and allows the hospital to expand over the next 15 years.

The NICU will be named after Kim and Steven Ullmna. Rooms within the NICU, including a twins shared room and the lactation room, will also be named for donors.

Donations to the foundation will pay for equipment including cardiac monitors, ventilators, bassinets and infant scales.

For details on the NICU, call (661) 200-1200 or visit www.henrymayo.com.

The 2010 Holiday Home Tour, Holiday Boutique and Gift of Life Ornaments will also benefit Henry Mayo’s NICU.

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