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MultiVu Video: Women & Infants Opens 140,000-Square Foot South Pavilion Featuring Nation's Largest Single-Family Room NICU and a Larger Antenatal Care Center

Thursday, September 17, 2009 General News J E 4
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STORY SUMMARY:

Five years after beginning the approval and construction process, officials at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island today cut the ribbon on the five-story, state-of-the-art South Pavilion.

Designed to help the hospital keep pace with an increased demand for its specialty services, the South Pavilion boasts the largest single-family room neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in the nation, with 70 rooms that give each family private space. There are 80 beds in the two-story NICU, with some rooms designated for families of twins or triplets. The South Pavilion also features a 30-room antenatal care unit with its own amenities suite to help pamper women who find themselves on days and weeks of bed rest during a high-risk pregnancy.

The construction of the South Pavilion has been in the planning stages for more than five years. The project, which earned state approval in late 2005, adds 140,000 square feet of patient and family space to Women & Infants, which has battled an overcrowding problem from the day it moved to Dudley Street in 1986.

The hospital was built to accommodate 6,500 births a year. Last year, it was the birthplace of almost 10,000 babies. In addition, medical advances have significantly improved the outcomes of premature and distressed newborns, making the NICU busier than anticipated in 1986. The only tertiary care center for newborns in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut, the Women & Infants' NICU was designed to hold 41 babies but routinely holds as many as 75. The unit records approximately 23,000 patient days each year, a 56-percent increase over 1980 figures and approximately 7,000 days more than anticipated in the 1980s.

Care for critically ill newborns has evolved significantly since the early 1970s, when preterm infants were cared for in regular nurseries with additional staff and attention. Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation's leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. For information about Women & Infants, log on to www.womenandinfants.org, and for the name of a physician on the Women & Infants' staff, call the Health Line at 1-800-921-9299.

B-ROLL INCLUDES: Footage of doctors, nurses, and patients at Women & Infants Hospital's new South Pavilion, home to the largest single-family room NICU in the U.S.

VIDEO PROVIDED BY: Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island

PHOTO CAPTIONS:

/PRNewswire - Sept. 14/

-- Women & Infants new South Pavilion features the nation's largest single family room neonatal intensive care unit, a 30-bed antenatal care unit for high-risk mothers, and more. -- The new single family room NICU in Women & Infants South Pavilion is already the site of revolutionary research into the effect of single-family rooms on infant outcomes.

SOURCE Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island
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