November 5, 2007
NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT HOSTS FIRST BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
COLUMBIA, Tenn. — In celebration of its “first birthday,” the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) hosted a reunion on November 3. NICU graduates and their families were invited to attend the event in the Auxiliary Conference Room, which featured a slide-show of graduates and their families, drawings for baby supplies and toys, and crafts for the children.
Maury Regional Hospital’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, five 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 of premature and critically ill newborns to stay closer to home,” said Mickie DeHaven, administrative director of women’s and children’s services. “This has not only been a great benefit to our patients, but to their families as well. They are comforted by the fact that we have dedicated physicians and staff with the education and skills to care for their child right here in Columbia.”
Since opening, the NICU has served more than 150 patients, whose stay in the nursery is typically several weeks. Physicians and unit staff have cared for babies born as early as 28 weeks and weighing as little as 2 pounds. The unit’s state-of-the-art equipment includes a cardiac monitoring system, new ventilators, intensive care isolettes and electronic patient documentation for physicians.
“We were very excited to have our former patients at this event,” said Kari Littrell, clinical liaison in Neonatology. “Seeing how well they’re doing always reminds us that what we do is so worthwhile.”