University Health opens new $18M Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Kansas City, Mo – University Health began caring for premature babies in their newly renovated Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit on Tuesday.

The multimillion dollar renovation took three years. The previous NICU was built when the hospital was built, in 1976, and has not been updated since then.

The hospital says the NICU is especially important when babies are born prematurely or with other critical needs, and it should have the best possible care.

The new building adds individual private suites and 29 beds available to treat the smallest babies.

“The important thing is that these are the most vulnerable children in our community. The community comes forward and takes care of this and makes sure that they have a good place to start and a good situation in life, and that’s what it’s all about now,” said Charlie Shields, President of Health University.

The team at University Health delivered 3,100 babies last year alone. As many as 700 babies are treated in the NICU each year, according to the hospital.

The health system says the NICU is made possible by donations from the community. He said it also received a $10 million donation from the Sunderland Foundation.

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