Edward Hospital is opening 22 private NICU rooms. Edward is the first hospital in the western suburbs with private NICU rooms.
Edward's Level III NICU is the largest in DuPage County and treats 400 babies a year.
The new private rooms have equipment for close monitoring of newborns. Edward's NICU was previously comprised of three separate nursery settings in which multiple newborns were cared for in each room.
Sound and light settings can be regulated to support each newborn's development. There are two sets of rooms that connect so sick twins or multiples can be treated together and parents can be near all of the babies. There is also one larger room to accommodate triplets.
Each room features a computer and Internet access, light/temperature controls, two oversized chairs for parents (one which can be used as a bed), a refrigerator for breast milk, closets and natural light.
In addition, the NICU floor features a large family waiting room (which was not available before), a parent/physician conference room, a nourishment room with two large freezers for breast milk and two expanded nurses stations. Edward's NICU has 63 nurses.
NICU families also have access to the Ronald McDonald Family Room, the first of its kind in Illinois