The University of Tennessee Medical Center will debut a larger 67 single-bed nursery in its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit next week. The changes come after research and development about what features patients, families and staff require.
Thirty rooms were relocated to create a larger NICU that “dramatically increases” the NICU footprint.
“It makes it a little bit more like home,” said Dr. Mark Gaylord, director of UT’s NICU.
Gaylord says each room is equipped with state of the art technology, like the Omni Beds, which were developed at UT. Attached to the units, is a technology called “Angel Eye” that allows parents to check-in on their babies from home via the internet.
“It’s really important for mothers and babies,” said Gaylord.
The rooms are also individually controlled from lighting to temperature. Even the sound can be monitored. Gaylord says being able to control these elements has shown developmental increases in babies.
The new and improved NICU will open to patients and the public on Tuesday, March 26.