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Millard Suburban Neonatal ICU marks first year

Physicians and staff recently celebrated the first anniversary of the opening of the Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital neonatal intensive care unit.

The 10-bed unit specializes in the care of ill or premature newborns in individual rooms. It is on a new fourth floor, one floor above the labor and delivery program. The unit has treated about 170 babies since opening.

“Adding this critical care unit allows us to better serve our moms and newborns,” said Diane Lobdell, chief nursing officer of Millard Fillmore Suburban and DeGraff Memorial hospitals. “The beautiful single rooms allow parents to comfortably remain at their newborn’s bedside while they receive the medical care they need right here at Suburban.”

The unit is a partnership with the WNY regional perinatal center at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. The neonatologists, neonatology nurse practitioners and neonatal physician assistants were trained at the regional perinatal center and rotate between the two Kaleida Health hospitals.

Studies have shown that the single-room NICU model enhances baby–parent bonding, improves neurodevelopment, promotes breast-feeding and decreases infection rates.

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