The University Hospital of the South Shore has opened its new neonatal intensive care unit, with 11 private rooms for the establishment’s smallest patients and their parents.

The 6,300-square-foot space is the newest part of a $71 million upgrade to maternity and women’s services programs at Bay Shore Hospital, which delivers about 2,400 babies per year, said Northwell Health.

By the end of next year, the hospital plans to add five more private rooms to the unit, which provides care for critically ill and premature babies. Previously, the NICU had 11 infant beds, none in private rooms. In addition to specialized medical equipment for newborns, each room includes a trundle bed for parents.

In the rooms, parents “will have the privacy they need to learn how to care for their babies and bond, while doctors can participate in visits in a private environment,” said Dr Scarlett McKinsey , Associate Director of Neonatology for Northwell East Region. , said in a statement.

South Shore is undergoing a five-year, $500 million overhaul. The new NICU is part of a “transformation” of the hospital, Dr. Jolene Muscat, vice president of OB/GYN at the hospital, said in a statement.

The hospital’s 45,560-square-foot, two-story Women’s and Infants Center, which includes the new NICU, is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. In December, it opened 11 private suites for mothers and babies. newborns not requiring intensive care, as well as four beds for pregnant women in labour.

The center will also include two additional operating rooms for women’s health procedures and a new surgical system to perform robot-assisted minimally invasive gynecological procedures, said New Hyde Park-based Northwell, the city’s largest private employer. ‘State. South Shore previously had 10 operating rooms in the main hospital, plus two operating rooms for cesarean deliveries.

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