After nearly two years, we at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin are thrilled to announce that the renovation of our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in our Milwaukee hospital has been completed. In the weeks leading up to the grand opening, you could feel the excitement in our hallways. Staff, in our purple “We’re Moving!” t-shirts, were counting down the days till January 17, 2017, when the first patients would be transferred to their new home.
Now open, our NICU is the first Level IV NICU in Wisconsin with all private rooms. It’s also the largest in the state, with 70 private rooms, one triplet room and three twin rooms, three family living rooms and three breast pump rooms in addition to the personal breast pump stations located in each room.
In addition to being beautiful and spacious and just so warm and welcoming, our new NICU includes many high-tech features that will help our babies grow, develop and heal, including:
We also went to great lengths to design our NICU to support each baby’s parents, so that they may feel as comfortable as possible during this vulnerable time. Families can enjoy:
Even though the space may be new, the level of care is unchanged — it’s as excellent as it’s always been. As a Level IV NICU — which is the top designation by The American Academy of Pediatrics — we offer the highest quality of care available, with capabilities and access to services that other facilities don’t have. Level IV NICUs can handle the most acute and medically complex cases and have pediatric surgeons and specialists available 24 hours a day. Consistently ranked among the nation’s best by US News and World Report, our Neonatology Program cares for more than 700 infants every year.
Another thing that makes us stand out is we are the only Level IV NICU in the state located within the same hospital as a high-risk birth center — Froedtert Hospital’s Birth Center is literally just a hallway away. Moms and babies can rest comfortably knowing this direct access provides them with the highest possible level of care all under one roof.
Everyone at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is committed to helping make Wisconsin’s kids the healthiest in the nation and that all starts in the NICU with the most fragile and vulnerable. This newly renovated unit sets a new standard of care in Wisconsin and enables our incredible NICU team to provide high quality, comprehensive care on an even greater scale.
On behalf of the entire neonatology team, I’d like to thank everyone who helped turn this incredible vision into a reality, especially our donors whose amazing generosity funded more than one-third of the project’s overall cost.