Officials with Lewis Gale Medical Center today held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the construction of a new Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), also known as the Special Care Nursery at the facility.
At 3,000 square feet, the state-of-the-art NICU will include six bassinets with room to expand as needed. On-site certified neonatologists will treat medically fragile preterm and term newborns with complications such as: respiratory issues, infections, feeding issues, growth support, weaning support, temperature stabilization and any health issues. maternal health may require – 24/7 term delivery.
“Today’s long-awaited milestone underscores our commitment to maternal and fetal health and to providing care for women and children throughout their lives,” said Alan Fabian, Market President of LewisGale Regional Health. System. “Opening a NICU is another example of our commitment to expanding our services to women and children to meet the needs of our growing community.
Construction of the $2.5 million project will take approximately 8 months, with an expected opening in the summer of 2023.
The highly secure area will include infant security and constant monitoring of the baby’s heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature and blood pressure. Radiant warmers, incubators, and open cradles are also featured, along with breathing assistance, including a ventilator or other methods of oxygenation.
“The Level II NICU will allow us to provide much needed critical care to mothers and children in the greater Roanoke Valley,” said Jim McAden, chairman of the board of directors of LewisGale Medical Center. “We are grateful for the overwhelming support from our board, the public, patients, physicians, lawmakers, and local and state governments in making this a reality.”
About Lewis Gale Medical Center
Lewis Gale Medical Center is part of the LewisGale Regional Health System includes 44 HCA Virginia Health System– Company-owned patient care facilities, including four hospitals, two free-standing emergency rooms, two regional cancer centers and affiliations with salaried and independent physicians. HCA Virginia Health System operates 14 hospitals, 27 ambulatory care centers, six free-standing emergency rooms, and is affiliated with 3,000 physicians. The private hospital system is one of Virginia’s largest employers, provides $105.7 million in charitable and unpaid care, and pays $88.9 million in taxes annually.