OPELIKA, Alabama (WTVM) – East Alabama Medical Center opens a new neonatal intensive care unit on Thursday at its Opelika campus.
Prior to this addition to the EAMC, babies requiring Level III treatment had to be transported to hospitals outside of town.
“Having a Level III NICU has a significant impact on our community,” said Desiree Sinclair, NICU Nursing Unit Manager. “Previously, infants requiring level III care were separated from their mothers and transported within an hour or two. This service will allow families to stay in the same community as their baby, surrounded by their support groups. “
The Level III facility is available for babies born at 32 weeks or less. It offers 11 patient rooms, a milk laboratory, a pharmacy with a dedicated pharmacist, a dedicated respiratory therapist and a developmental therapy room.
“Our nurses have many years of NICU and Level II experience and are ready to take care of these smaller infants. The nurses, respiratory therapist and neonatologist are amazing, ”said Rosemary Cummings, Executive Director of Women’s and Children’s Health Services.
Hospital officials say the lighting is one of the NICU’s most unique features. Each room has a touchscreen that offers six colored light options that the EAMC says help the cone development of the newborn’s eyes as well as their circadian rhythm.
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