Rockdale Medical Center doubles capacity of neonatal intensive care unit
January 30, 2013
Article by Karen J. Rohr of the Rockdale Citizen
Inez Young-Wiggs walks through Rockdale Medical Center’s newly renovated neonatal intensive care unit. She points out how each of the rooms is equipped with panels that absorb sound, to keep rooms quiet for the babies, and dimmer lights that can be set low when babies sleep or brightened when medical procedures take place. Each room has sliding doors and curtains that can be closed for privacy.
For now, the unit is empty. But by early February, the rooms should be ready for the tiny patients, most of them premature babies, and their families.
“I can’t wait for them to get in,” said Young-Wiggs, a registered nurse and manager of the Rockdale Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Rockdale Medical Center recently completed a $5.5 million reconstruction and remodel project in its Birth Place, which hospital officials will unveil during a dedication ceremony at 5:30 p.m. today. The centerpiece of the project is the expansion of the NICU from one room that served eight babies to 16 individual rooms that each accommodate a baby and family. The NICU is 12,482 square feet…
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