The University of Maryland Children’s Hospital Tuesday unveiled a new expanded $30 million neonatal intensive care unit that will offer more specialty treatments.
The Drs. Rouben and Violet Jiji Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was opened in conjunction with the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics. The school's division of neonatology will provide advanced treatments for premature babies, including nutritional management and surgical interventions for birth defects including congenital heart disease, abdominal wall defects, cleft lip/palate repair and brain malformations.
At 37,000-square-feet with 52 private rooms, the new NICU is three times the size of the previous. Rooms are big enough for families to stay together. Each room is equipped with controllable light and sound to help regulate circadian rhythms and mimic the environment within the womb. A large family lounge contains a kitchen, dining area and sitting room.
Babies from the old NICU will move to the new unit next month.
The NICU is one of two in Maryland with a designation to provide the highest level of care available for critically-ill newborns, said Jeffrey A. Rivest, president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Other features of the new NICU include an imaging room for X-rays and a lactation room. The lactation room also has a donor breast milk bank for mothers unable to breast feed.