Florida Hospital for Children moves their tiniest patients

Dozens of babies moved to new Level III neonatal intensive care unit

By Shannon McLellan - Social Media Producer

ORLANDO, Fla. - Dozens of babies at Florida Hospital for Children were moved to their new homes Tuesday. 

Nurses and technicians worked together to move the hospital's tiniest and most vulnerable patients to their new neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

The move took a lot of planning and even required nurses to come in on their day off to assist in safely transporting the babies.

The hospital's new NICU replaces expands the existing one to 102 beds. There are 95 private rooms, three rooms specifically for critical heart and lung care, and four transitional rooms.

“It’s just nice that the babies get something like this to be in. Not only that, but for the families, too. It makes it easier on the families to have your own private room and not be in the community rooms, like most have been before," said Candy Sullivan, whose son is currently in the NICU.

Florida Hospital for Children nurse Mandie Nicholas also stressed the importance of private rooms for parents of children being cared for in the NICU. 

"“Anytime you have that privacy you can get that bonding between the parents, and a lot of the time in the NICU that’s missing — you have a baby and instantly they’re taken away,” Nicholas said. “So this gives parents an opportunity to really be a part of their care and be here present with their baby all the time, which is really great.”

Florida Hospital for Children served 1,400 patients last year. 

Copyright 2017 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.