Nursery to be temporarily moved
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (June 16, 2017) – Clark Memorial Hospital will begin to renovate the existing nursery space to prepare for its Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This venture headed by Orange Construction & Restoration will allow the hospital to repurpose the nursery and install the new equipment necessary to care for the hospital’s tiniest patients. The $50,000 nursery update began Wednesday and is expected to be complete in six weeks.
During construction, the nursery will be temporarily relocated to a secure location on the fifth floor, the labor and delivery unit, of the hospital. The scope of the project includes the addition of oxygen and suction hook ups, replacing the windows, cosmetic updates, adding electrical outlets, and converting sinks to “touchless.”
In addition, tracks will be placed in the ceiling in order to hang privacy curtains between the bed spaces. Requests for equipment have also been submitted and include external feeding pumps, transcutaneous bili-meters, and new neonatal code carts.
Once complete, the Level II NICU will be equipped to care for infants delivered as early as 32 weeks gestation depending on the infant’s condition or diagnosis. These infants typically have medical conditions that are expected to resolve quickly.