Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida
Cape Coral Hospital Special Care Nursery Reopens
The Special Care Nursery at Cape Coral Hospital is once again welcoming babies who need special care, including those who have feeding difficulties, are going through drug withdrawal, need phototherapy (jaundice therapy) or a test to determine if the baby has an infection.
The nursery reopened in early October. It was closed for the past year while staff updated the area with the new electronic health record system, known as Epic. "Not all staff at all campuses would have been able to document in the new system so we took precautions," says Michelle Waddell, Lee Memorial Health System director of neonatal services. "Now that everyone in Lee Memorial Health System is familiar with the system, we knew it was time to bring back the Special Care Nursery."
The Special Care Nursery can hold as many as 10 babies. "We have made several changes to bring the nursery up-to-date; new flooring that will help reduce noise and lighting fixtures were updated to allow them to be dimmed and turned up only when needed for procedures," Michelle says. "Premature babies' eyes should not be exposed to excessive light."
Michelle says that bringing this type of nursery service to the Cape Coral community is important. "It certainly is wonderful to once again have the Special Care Nursery open," she says.
Kathy Bridge-Liles, vice president of women's and children's services, says that keeping babies close to home makes it easier for parents to cope with a stressful situation.
"We strive to bring as many services to the community as possible," Kathy says. "This nursery enhances the mother and child services we already provide. Our staff is eager to help families get their babies home as soon as possible so they can grow into healthy children."
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