October 31, 2008
MAURY REGIONAL NICU CELEBRATES TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY
COLUMBIA, Tenn.— In celebration of its second anniversary, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) hosted a reunion on October 25. NICU graduates and their families were invited to attend the event in the medical center cafeteria, which featured a family portrait area, drawings for baby supplies and toys, and crafts for the children.
Maury Regional Medical Center’s NICU, in a partnership with Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, began serving patients October 16, 2006. The eight-bed neonatal intensive care service is staffed with four physicians, six neonatal nurse practitioners and 15 registered nurses specially trained to provide a higher level of newborn care.
“Maury Regional’s NICU has allowed local mothers and families of premature and critically ill newborns to stay closer to home during this crucial time,” said Pam Hibbs, administrative director of women’s and children’s services. “The families which we serve are comforted by the fact that we have dedicated physicians and staff with the experience and skills to care for their child right here in Columbia.”
Since opening, the NICU has served nearly 300 patients, whose stay in the nursery is typically several weeks. The unit’s state-of-the-art equipment includes a cardiac monitoring system, new ventilators, intensive care isolettes and electronic patient documentation for physicians.
“It was wonderful for us to have our former patients with us for the celebration,” said Hibbs. “The physicians and nurses loved the opportunity to spend time with the children they cared for.”