Neonatal Intensive Care
Advanced Care for Our Tiniest Patients
A new level of neonatal intensive care became available to residents of Palm Beach County with the opening of Wellington Regional's 25 bed Level III B Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in January 2009. The hospital's expansion to Level III B services, the highest level available in western Palm Beach County, represents our continued commitment to providing specialized care for newborns.
Now, we are prepared to attend to some of the highest risk pregnancies, as well as the sickest and tiniest of babies. The beautiful 15,000 square-foot, 25-bed NICU is now open, providing highly advanced technology in a comfortable and aesthetically-pleasing environment.
Although most parents are able to bring their newborns home when they leave the hospital, some infants require additional medical care and may need to remain in the NICU for days or even weeks. A Level III Unit cares for the widest range of newborn conditions, from the most unstable babies to those born with the lowest birth weights. In addition to respiratory and infectious conditions commonly seen in a neonatal unit, Level III Nurseries also attend to specialized surgical, cardiac and neurological conditions.
The population growth in the areas served by Wellington Regional, and the increased number of deliveries at the hospital, spurred the decision to expand to Level III services following a thorough review and approval by the state of Florida.
Wellington Regional continues to increase its staff of specialized NICU nurses and respiratory therapists, along with support from the departments of radiology, laboratory and pharmacy. neonatologist on staff and in-house Neonatologists—physicians trained in the care of the sickest and smallest newborns are on staff and in-house 24 hours a day, seven days a week.