First Preview Planned of Placer County's First NICU
ROSEVILLE, Calif., July 24, 2008 - Sutter Roseville Medical Center is offering a sneak preview to the public of Placer County's first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, also known as a NICU, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.
The Sutter Roseville NICU, an extension of the pioneering, renowned NICU at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento, is planned to open Sept. 3. RSVPs are required for the free Aug. 23 Community Day tours of the NICU; please register at sutterroseville.org/womenshealth.
"Our staff, specially trained by the clinicians at Sutter Memorial, is proud of the top-notch NICU we have constructed and organized here at Sutter Roseville," said Deanie Honsinger, R.N., the nursing director of the NICU. "The new unit is absolutely gorgeous, and the staff is ready to take care of these newborns who need complex, life-saving care. It's a labor of love for our nurses and neonatologists, and they want to show area residents the excellent facility and our advanced capabilities that were never before offered in Placer County."
The NICU at Sutter Roseville was built from the ground up and connects to the hospital's renowned Birthing Center. It is a Level III NICU, which means it can care for the sickest of newborns who are in need of state-of-the-art technology to survive. It has 16 beds and can be expanded to 24 or more beds as the need increases.
It includes four private rooms for the sickest of babies, one isolation room and a family sleep room, designed to help families transition to having their newborn at home. It is being viewed as an extension of the nationally known, groundbreaking NICU at Sutter Memorial Hospital, sharing expertise from a well-established NICU team.
"With South Placer County having grown so much with many young families, this is a much-needed service, and the new unit is going to offer the best care around for preemies, multiples and other babies with low birth weight or who are sick," said Dr. Gustavo Sosa, a Sutter neonatologist and medical director of the Sutter Roseville NICU.
Honsinger came on board in May and has hired a team of 18 nurses who have special certification in caring for babies in the NICU and who received extra training by the staff at the Sacramento NICU. They will provide care to one, two or three of the infant patients at a time.
Sutter Roseville Medical Center, is affiliated with Sutter Health, a not-for-profit, community-based health system located throughout Northern California. For more information on Sutter Roseville Medical Center, visit the Web site at www.sutterroseville.org. Sutter Roseville is located at One Medical Plaza Drive, Roseville. For more information, call (916) 781-1000.
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