A level II neonatal intensive care unit NICU (special care nursery) is under construction at HCA Healthcare's Stone Springs Hospital Center

Dulles, Va – Construction has begun on a new Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit NICU, also called a special care nursery at StoneSprings Hospital Center. The new service is expected to open this fall with five beds and will provide support to babies who are born a few weeks early or have minor health problems.

According to Dr. Costanza Rutland, Chair, Department of OB/GYN, the Level II NICU/special care nursery will care for babies born a little early (between 32-35 weeks) or who need some additional medical support in those first few days of life. “The specially trained team will care for babies with mild respiratory problems, minor conditions such as jaundice, babies who cannot stay warm on their own and need to be in an incubator and babies that aren’t strong enough to feed on their own,” she said.

“StoneSprings Hospital Center is proud to offer great peace of mind to women who are planning on delivering their baby at the hospital, said Dr. George Iskander, Vice Chair, Department of OB/GYN. "Knowing that we will be able to care for babies who need extra care with advanced technology and trained providers who are specialized to care for the tiniest patients provides reassurance to expectant and new moms. “If your infant needs more advanced care for a serious or life-threatening condition, we’ll arrange their safe transport to a higher-level NICU at our sister hospital, Reston Hospital Center,” he said.

“We are looking forward to expanding the hospital's Women's and Children's services with the addition of a Level II NICU/Special Care Nursery,” said Matt Mathias, CEO of StoneSprings Hospital Center. "It brings a broader service to our community and enhances our commitment to providing outstanding maternal and child health."

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