Opening of the New Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Monday, April 4, 2016
Posted by: Julie Briggs
The newly-constructed Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) opened on Monday, April 4, following a complete renovation and expansion that transformed the unit into a family-centered, therapeutic space equipped with the latest technology.
The NICU is a Level III Regional Perinatal Center, which is the highest designation for complex pediatric care, and provides consultative services to other regional neonatal units. It is located on the third floor of the Klingenstein Pavilion at the Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai.
“Our new NICU, equipped with state-of-the-art medical technology, will enable our exceptional team of neonatologists and nurses to raise the bar on providing the highest quality and safest patient care to our most vulnerable patients in a setting that is itself healing for the families we serve,” says Lisa M. Satlin, MD, Herbert H. Lehman Professor and Chair, Jack and Lucy Clark Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Satlin is also Pediatrician-in-Chief of the Kravis Children’s Hospital.
Innovative design allowed for an increase in the number of beds, from 35 to 46, as well as the addition of a dedicated family lounge, a newborn surgical suite, and a newborn nursing suite, all within two spacious wings that feature natural light.
Under the leadership of Ian R. Holzman, MD, Chief, Division of Newborn Medicine, and Carol Torchen, DNP, RN, Vice President of Women & Children’s Services, the NICU can provide comprehensive, family-centered care to 900 infants annually.
“With nearly 2,000 admissions a year, the NICU serves as the hub for the Pediatrics department that delivers 18,000 births annually throughout the Mount Sinai Health System,” says Dr. Holzman.