The Center for Disease Control reports that one out of every nine babies are born premature in the United States. With that statistic in mind, TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna, Tenn., will open a new NICU center at their hospital. The new unit will help care for premature and critically infants during their first days, weeks and sometimes months of life. You can tour the new unit and meet the specially trained staff this Thursday, May 16 during their open house between 4pm and 6pm.
- Designated Level IIB Nursery by the State of Tennessee
- 8-bed unit
- 1,629 square-feet of enhanced, specially designed space
- Individualized neonatal care by board-certified neonatologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists and other specially-trained healthcare professionals
- Equipped to provide care for babies born prematurely (as early as 32 weeks gestation) and as small as 3.3 pounds
- Family bonding room
- Breast feeding support by Certified Lactation Consultant
- Affiliated with TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Nashville if a higher level
- of care is needed. Pediatric specialists are on-call 24/7 for immediate consultation.
*NICU: stands for neonatal intensive care unit
Kimberly Tiscione Johnson, Public Relations for TriStar Centennial Medical Center