New Women’s and Children’s Center to bring first Pediatric Intensive Care to area

October 03, 2006
The promise of complex pediatric procedures such as pectus excavatum surgery being performed at New Hanover Regional Medical Center will be further realized in 2008 when the Women’s and Children’s Center is expected to open.

The standalone center, currently under construction in front of the main New Hanover Regional campus, will feature the region’s first Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. With the advent of a PICU, pediatric surgeons will be able to perform more complex procedures in more emergent circumstances. A team of nurses and other clinicians, trained specifically for these patients, will be on hand to care for the children.

The new Women’s and Children’s Center will also feature all-private Neonatal Intensive Care beds for premature or sick infants, and private Neonatal Transitional Care Beds for infants who are almost ready to go home. In both cases, families will be able to stay with their children and participate more fully in the healing process.

The center will also include play areas and “respite” rooms where siblings can rest or play and families can relax or send emails to friends and family.