St. Vincent’s Medical Center Southside, formerly St. Luke’s Hospital, is now home to Northeast Florida’s first, all-private Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The new NICU suites are designed to provide parents and their premature infants’ comfort in a private, quiet setting.
Research has shown the single-room model of infant care in the NICU decreases complications, improves weight gain and shortens the hospital stay for these tiny infants. In the traditional open bay NICU, babies are exposed to lights and sounds that disrupt their sleep and interfere with their breathing and heart rate. The single-room model offers a much quieter environment with lower light exposure which results in less stress for these premature babies. Each NICU suite has a comfortable sofa bed and recliner so parents can sleep in the room with their newborns.