Newborns needing advanced care in the Neonatal Special Care Nursery at St. Luke's Hospital will now benefit from private rooms and other amenities that enhance family bonding. After an extensive remodel, St. Luke's opened its newly renovated Neonatal Special Care Nursery to babies and their families on Feb. 18. The expanded special care nursery now offers six private rooms, as well as areas specially designed to allow twins and other multiples to stay together.
Built around the needs and comfort of babies and their families, as well as the clinical needs of physicians and staff, the private, quieter environment encourages family bonding and education. The spacious new rooms include large windows, recliner chairs and special features such as warming lights over the sink for bath time right in the room. A separate Lactation Room with a flat-screen TV for viewing videos offers additional space and privacy for breastfeeding mothers.
Other enhancements to the space include a new patient monitoring system for improved patient care and staff efficiency. In addition to touch-screen monitors at each patient bedside, the system allows staff to monitor patients in each room from a new central monitoring station. A mobile component enables continued monitoring of patients when they need to be taken out of the special care nursery for additional testing or treatment.
Renamed The Saigh Foundation Special Care Nursery, the special care nursery will also benefit from new medical equipment and treatment as well as enhanced professional staff training and parent education funded by a recent $1 million grant from The Saigh Foundation.
The level II neonatal special care nursery is equipped to care for premature infants delivered as early as 30 weeks and newborns with other special medical needs. It is supervised by neonatologists, pediatricians, certified neonatal nurse practitioners and specially trained nursing staff.
The newly remodeled special care nursery is part of a multi-year plan to renovate much of Maternity Services on the hospital's fifth floor, including patient rooms, family waiting areas, nurses' stations, physician call rooms and a Lactation Center.
St. Luke's Hospital is a regional healthcare provider committed to improving the quality of life for patients and the community. It offers care in more than 60 specialty areas and was the only St. Louis hospital named an America's 50 Best Hospital™ by Healthgrades® in 2007 through 2014 based on quality.