Almost a year ago, Fayette County News reported that Piedmont Fayette Hospital was hoping to expand its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). That vision became a reality as the newly expanded NICU was unveiled last week.
The new NICU area has a much more open layout and includes ten new beds for preemie babies.
This is the second expansion for the NICU and third for Piedmont Fayette’s Women’s Services since it opened in 2006. The expansion got a major boost from the Kiwanis Club of Fayette County, as club president Geneva Weaver handed a $100,000 check to Piedmont Fayette COO Michael Burnett.
The newly expanded NICU unit is the outcome of an ongoing effort to expand Obstretics (OB) services at Piedmont Fayette. Burnett told the paper in December that the hospital didn’t even have OB services when he arrived in 2001. Now, Piedmont delivers over 200 babies each month.
Tracie Delally, Director of Women’s Services, was very interested in seeing the NICU unit expanded. She said an expanded NICU would serve local families and allow “that many more ‘miracles’ in our community.”
More beds here in Fayette County means more Fayette residents can have their preemie babies cared for close to home. That can be a helpful comfort for parents in an otherwise stressful time.