May/June 2007

Good Samaritan Opens State-of-the-Art NICU

Parents of tiny and sick babies in central Nebraska and northern Kansas now have access to a technologically advanced, newly renovated neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Good Samaritan Hospital, Kearney, Neb. Good Samaritan’s NICU, renovated at a cost of $1.69 million, was created around the concept that families whose babies need a higher level of care should have their own private spaces. The unit features nine new “personal NICU” rooms designed to promote a baby’s growth and wellness through special lighting, acoustics and alarm systems. The rooms accommodate the unique developmental needs of premature, sick and multiple-birth infants while providing private space for the families. “It’s got all the technology you would find in larger cities, with an added benefit — it’s close to home,” said Karen Navis, director of Good Samaritan’s Family Birth Center and NICU. The renovation project also included a new well-baby nursery. The space formerly occupied by the well-baby nursery and NICU will be renovated into six new labor/delivery/recovery/postpartum rooms. For more information, contact Marsha Wilkerson of Good Samaritan at 308-865-7972.