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LewisGale Medical Center opens level II neonatal intensive care unit

LewisGale Medical Center opened its Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit November 2023. The unit features six bassinets and board-certified care 24/7.

November 28, 2023
LewisGale Medical Center NICU. Bassinets are along the wall. Blue lights are over them. The room is open, clean, airy and calming.

Salem, VA. — Officials with LewisGale Medical Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday, November 28, to celebrate the opening of its new Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), also called a special care nursery at the facility.

Encompassing 3,000 square feet, the state-of-the-art NICU features six bassinets with the space to expand as needed. The NICU treats medically-fragile, premature infants and full-term newborns with infections, breathing difficulties, growth restrictions, and maternal health concerns. They will be treated on-site by board-certified neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners 24/7.

“Today’s long-awaited celebration is not only an incredible milestone, but a victory for moms and babies across southwest Virginia,” said Alan Fabian, LewisGale Regional Health System market president. “This underscores our commitment to providing care for our patients, especially women and children throughout their lives. The NICU is yet another example to our dedication to meet the growing needs of our community.”

Construction on the $2.5 million project lasted about a year. The highly secured area features infant security and constant monitoring of babies’ heart rates, respiratory rates, temperature, and blood pressure. Radiant warmers, incubators, and open cribs are also featured, as well as assistance in breathing including a ventilator or other oxygenation methods.

A group of people stand in front of a blue ribbon with a bow and scissors. They are cutting the ribbon to open the Level II NICU at LewisGale Medical Center

“We are excited to welcome a Level II NICU to the hospital’s services and are grateful for the overwhelming support we received from the public, patients, physicians, legislators, and local and state government to make this possible,” said Compton Biddle, Board of Trustees chair. “It’s a beautiful space that allows the hospital to provide the intensive level of care mothers and children in our region deserve.”

November 28, 2023
LewisGale Medical Center