NICU patients at St. Louis Children’s were moved Jan. 27 into newly opened, expanded unit
February 1, 2018
The patients may be tiny, but moving them to their new, temporary home was big.
On Jan. 27, 41 infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH) were moved from the hospital’s longtime NICU space into the expanded NICU area in the newly opened 12-story expansion to SLCH. The setup connects — via skywalk — the older and newer NICU spaces to a labor and delivery floor in the neighboring, newly opened Barnes-Jewish Parkview Tower.
The well-choreographed move involved teams of NICU employees moving babies one at a time — about 10 infants per hour — into their new rooms. Once there, doctors and nurses would make sure a baby was properly situated before moving on to the next tiny patient. Armed with mobile phones, teams only brought infants to their new rooms when they knew other NICU team members were there to meet them.