• By Jay Furst

Neonatal ICU has new home in Mayo Clinic Children’s Center

December 8, 2020
NICU room with monitors and incubator

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic's Neonatal ICU has moved from Mary Brigh 3 B/F to Mary Brigh 5 D/E in Mayo Clinic Hospital ― Rochester, Saint Marys Campus, providing space to care for up to 34 patients. The Neonatal ICU is part of Mayo Clinic Children's Center.

In the Neonatal ICU's new space, all patients will receive care in private rooms for greater privacy and a more comforting environment. With all patients in private rooms, parents can stay at their child's bedside around the clock. Private rooms also allow for greater social distancing and patient isolation, if needed, in a family-friendly environment.

"This new NICU will be a great benefit to Mayo Clinic's youngest patients and their families," says Christopher Colby, M.D., chair of the Division of Neonatal Medicine. "It offers a bright, nature-themed environment, and the private patient rooms allow space for parents to spend time comfortably with their baby."

Christopher Collura, M.D., the Neonatal ICU's medical director, says the unit has significant upgrades to optimize patient care and infection control practices. "Private rooms help to maximize isolation precautions, as well as enhance natural light and noise control, which is important for neonatal neurologic development," Dr. Collura says.

Mayo Clinic's Neonatal ICU specializes in family-centered care of premature and critically ill newborn infants. Parents are welcome at the child's bedside, and they will find many support spaces in the unit, including parent sleep rooms and breastfeeding rooms.

four NICU staff cutting red ribbon for opening of new space

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