WakeMed's newly expanded neonatal intensive care unit opened in February 2014 and added 12 patient beds, bringing the total number of NICU beds to 48.
The expansion also marked the introduction of "single-room care" for NICU patients at WakeMed, which allows for 27 of the NICU beds to be private rooms. Single-room care in the NICU represents an extension of WakeMed's focus on patient- & family-centered care to our tiniest patients. This format allows families to spend almost unlimited time with their baby and makes it easier for mothers to have privacy.
"Not only is the concept of care different, but the environment and approach is changing too," said Tom Young, MD, (Neonatology). "Improving the environment for families to spend quality time with their babies is very important and the single-room care concept allows us to do that."
Floor plan of new rooms
Inside one of the new rooms