Tulsa, OK - Saint Francis Dedicates NICU
Saint Francis Health System recently hosted a grand opening of its new NICU in the Children's Hospital at Saint Francis. The 58-bed unit provides sophisticated treatments and services unavailable elsewhere in the area.
Hospital administrators report that more than 20,000 infants have been hospitalized in the Saint Francis NICU since 1972. The unit had been previously located within Saint Francis Hospital and known as the Eastern Oklahoma Perinatal Center. The new NICU facilities have been relocated to occupy the entire fifth floor of the Children's Hospital at Saint Francis.
The unit is reportedly the only level III C designated NICU in Tulsa, and features 38 private rooms, six rooms to accommodate families with twin births and an eight-bed specialty unit adjacent to labor and delivery. Eleven physician neonatologists provide 24/7 on-site care and the unit is equipped to provide neonatal extra corporeal membrane oxygenation, the only hospital in Tulsa with those capabilities, according to officials.
The NICU's modern design incorporates natural lighting, reduced noise levels and family-friendly amenities such as private areas for breastfeeding or pumping, a rocker/recliner and sleeper sofa for parents to stay overnight with their child. A family-centered approach to care involves a collaborative effort between the hospital staff and families to provide care and decision-making for these tiny patients.