Each year, more than 1,200 newborns are treated in the neonatal intensive care unit at Golisano Children’s Hospital. Now more than ever, the hospital will be best equipped to handle their varying needs.
After about a year of renovations, the Strong Memorial Hospital nursery is set to officially re-open with 16 new private rooms and 8 transitional care beds. The NICU will now have 68 total beds.
“We use to put – each baby had 60 square feet of space. That had to include the bed, the parents, the caregiver and all of the equipment,” said Jean Livingston, nurse manager of the NICU. “Now we have the ability to give our families a private room. Each baby has at least 180 square feet.”
Livingston has worked at Strong Memorial Hospital for more than 30 years. She says this renovation is the wave of the future.
For the roughly 250 children transferred to the hospital from throughout the region for specialized care, their doctors will be ready.
“The surgeons love it because they can come in and do a procedure right in the room without having to interfere with any of the other families,” said Livingston.
And while state-of-the-art care is why families come here, the added bonus of more time and space with their children is why they’ll be able to stay.
“We actually had a family here last week who had previous babies in the old unit and their third baby got to be in the tower and they were just totally amazed,” Livingston said. “The father was practically in tears.”
Now that the renovation is complete, staff will be trained in the new space and patients will start filling the rooms in January.