Dulles, VA – StoneSprings Hospital Center announced today its Level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) opened today. The NICU is equipped to care for babies in need of extra medical attention due to preterm birth and other complex care needs. The new facility is just the second NICU in Loudoun County.
The new NICU was built just steps from Labor and Delivery for immediate care and to assist with complications during birth. The unit has five beds and advanced equipment for newborn care and is staffed with providers from Children’s National in Washington, D.C., for the third year in a row ranked No. 1 in the nation for neonatal care by U.S. News & World Report.
The StoneSprings Level II NICU, sometimes also called a special care nursery, offers support for those babies born a little early, having mild respiratory problems or minor conditions such as jaundice, as well as babies who cannot stay warm on their own and need to be in an incubator, and babies who aren’t strong enough to feed on their own.
“The advanced care now available for newborns gives peace-of-mind to expectant parents, but it should also be a comfort to the entire community,” says Dr. Robin Steinhorn, senior vice president at the Center for Hospital-Based Specialties at Children’s National. “StoneSprings Hospital Center is ready to treat every patient - even preemies - 24/7.”
According to Dr. Steinhorn, onsite, immediate care is critical to many neonatal cases, and having a NICU onsite will allow the hospital to handle more of the cases that formerly required a transfer.
“Opening a Level II NICU is the latest example of our commitment to expanding our women’s and children’s services to meet the maternal and child needs of our growing community,” says Matt Mathias, CEO of StoneSprings Hospital Center. Mathias adds, “We are already known for our comfortable birth center amenities, our flexible and individual approach to birth plans, and our amazing staff; Now we can add outstanding neonatal care to that list.”