Millard, Children's Seek Neonatal Link

February 23, 2012 Updated Feb 23, 2012 at 9:02 AM EDT


Millard, Children's Seek Neonatal Link

February 23, 2012 Updated Feb 23, 2012 at 9:02 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( Business First ) Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital has announced plans for a 10-bed neonatal intensive care unit in partnership with Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo.

Millard officials filed a certificate of need with the state Department of Health last week for the project. The cost of the development was not disclosed.

Kaleida Health, which operates the hospitals, describes a neonatal intensive care unit is an intensive care unit specializing in the care of ill or premature newborn infants.

"Linking Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital with the Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo will enhance patient care through an integrated platform of pediatric specialists and pediatricians," said Chris Lane, the president of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. "We are taking our women's services program, which is very good, and making it better for those we serve."

The hospital plans to convert six licensed maternity beds, two rehabilitation beds and two critical care beds for the new unit.

The project includes renovations to existing space within the hospital. The suite will be located on the second floor, adjacent to the labor and delivery program. This will eliminate the need for at-risk newborns to be transported to a separate facility and risk further medical complications.

It will be connected via a "hub and spoke model" with Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo.

Lane said that clinical scale is the basis for creating one quality infrastructure, one integrated standard of care, and one operating model for neonatal care, a critical component of pediatric care.

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