The creation of our NICU in 2011 was a joint effort. The designer and architect sought input from the NICU staff and NICU families, while incorporating the latest developmental research findings on caring for the smallest and sickest babies in a hospital setting.
The innovative design includes the following unique features:
- High tech incubators and monitoring devices to control excessive light, noise and room temperatures.
- Modern multi-function beds that convert from radiant warmers to incubators with the touch of a button to eliminate the stress of moving fragile preemies.
- A “Launch Pad”—a home-like private room where parents can spend a night or two caring for their pre-term babies with the assistance of medical staff before the baby is discharged from the hospital. Evidence shows that when parents are properly prepared to care for their pre-term infant before they leave the hospital, they are better able to provide competent care for the baby after discharge.
- A fully networked and integrated sound system (Sonicu)—the first in New York State—to monitor sound from inside the incubator and alerts staff visually when the noise level is too high. Research has shown that controlling sound levels in the NICU reduces infant stress, promotes better oxygen saturation and leads to steadier heart and respiratory patterns.
- More room for family members at the bedside, a Family Lounge and a dining area and shower on the floor to accommodate parents who spend long stretches of time at the hospital.
Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is named for Barbara P. Gimbel, the renowned philanthropist, health advocate, longtime supporter of Bellevue Hospital and co-founder of the Children of Bellevue Auxiliary.