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Published on May 21, 2009

Mercy celebrates opening of newly renovated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

CEDAR RAPIDS - Mercy Medical Center, 701 10th St. SE, is pleased to announce the opening of the area's newest Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), providing the most cutting-edge model for the 21st century.  Mercy will celebrate its newly renovated NICU with a public open house and ribbon-cutting on Tues., May 26, 4 to 6 p.m. (Details below).

While Mercy's NICU has been open since 1996 and has cared for 1700 babies, the newly renovated NICU sets a new standard for care.  Each private NICU suite now provides more than 400 square feet of space-the largest in the area-and is specially-equipped for babies' needs. The design allows parents to be near their baby at all times, and the opportunity to be a part of his or her care.  The suites feature fully-equipped special-care beds, with built-in scales so babies do not need to be disturbed to get weighed. A central monitoring system is in place for constant and close observation.

Mercy's NICU suites also offer many special amenities such as private bathrooms with whirlpool tubs, Karen Neuburger gowns for new mothers, room for dad to sleep overnight and extra seating space for family visits.

Mercy's NICU uses a multidisciplinary team approach to caring for babies.  Heading up Mercy's team is Dr. Roger Allen, the most experienced neonatologist in the area.  Together, with neonatologist Dr. Nicholas Sherrow, they provide around-the-clock neonatologist coverage.  The NICU team also includes nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, dietitians, occupational/physical therapists, lactation consultants and social workers.

"As we looked at ways to enhance our NICU we always remained focused on family-centered care," says Dr. Roger Allen, neonatologist at Mercy.  "Our NICU team has undergone intense specialized education, so they're prepared to provide our babies with the very best care possible. And our new NICU suites are specially designed to be different than anything else you'll find in this area." 

Mercy is home to an advanced Level II NICU. This means Mercy uses the most state-of-the-art equipment and medical staff who have experience handling the most complicated cases for premature and ill babies over 30 weeks, or 2 lbs. 11 oz.