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New at Florida HospitaL Altamonte

by Jon Sweet, MD

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Level II NICU benefits Seminole’s smallest new arrivals

If you’re a prospective parent in Seminole County, it should be encouraging to know that a new medical resource at Florida Hospital Altamonte represents a giant step forward for specialized neonatal care in our part of Central Florida. Opened on January 30, 2018, the hospital’s Level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is the first of its kind for Seminole County.

This 10-bed, 6,208-square-foot unit provides expert care for premature babies delivered at 32 weeks or greater with moderate complications. It’s part of Florida Hospital’s Neonatal Care Network that includes a Level III NICU for babies with critical conditions at Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando. This robust system boasts a total of over 150 NICU beds in Florida Hospital’s Orlando, Celebration, Daytona Beach, Winter Park, and Altamonte Springs facilities. Together, the NICU network allows patients to receive the highest level of care from a team of specialists who provide comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services, from minimally invasive surgery to highly complex cases, along with innovative therapies and procedures.

Around-the-clock Care and Advanced Technology
Providing care for newborns 24 hours a day and seven days a week, Altamonte’s NICU features leading neonatologists who are on the unit 8 to 10 hours per day and on call for all high-risk deliveries, plus a specially trained nursing staff with advanced qualifications. The upshot of which is parents with high-risk pregnancies can count on immediate, specialized care when and where they need it. The unit also features multidisciplinary, family-centered rounds when physicians can answer parents’ questions and engage them in their loved one’s care.

Unit Features BabyLeo Beds
Every room in the Altamonte NICU is equipped with Dräger Babyleo® TN500 IncuWarmer beds, a revolution in incubator technology that regulates babies’ body heat, helps NICU staff to efficiently monitor and care for each baby, and creates a womb-like, comfortable environment, thanks to specially adjusted sound and light levels. These beds also feature advanced safeguards against infection and allow new parents to more closely interact with their babies.

The Home-Field Advantage
Saying Seminole County will benefit from having its own NICU is certainly an understatement, and not only because our area has such a growing need for critical care services. Understanding how stressful it can be to have a child in need of NICU care, you can see why being able to obtain that care close to home is so important. As an OB-GYN who’s had a chance to see this unit in action and has overseen the care of many premature babies there, I can tell you that the Florida Hospital Altamonte Level II NICU is truly a blessing for us all.

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