Issaquah Swedish to expand infant facilities
June 25, 2013
On July 8, Swedish/Issaquah will open its new Level II Nursery, which will provide specialized treatment to babies born up to 34 weeks early. Previously, doctors transferred premature newborns born at Swedish/Issaquah to hospitals with more facilities, such as Swedish/First Hill in Seattle.
Construction will continue on the nursery after the opening, expanding the facility from the initial eight rooms to 15 rooms by 2014.
“We have a responsibility to care for patients of all ages, and we take this responsibility very seriously,” Wendy Colgan, R.N., manager of Women and Infants and Pediatrics at Swedish/Issaquah, said in a press release. “We’re dedicated to caring for these youngest, most fragile patients.”
The same group of nurses and physicians who staff Swedish’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Swedish/First Hill and special-care nurseries at the Ballard and Edmonds campuses will staff the new nursery. This dedicated team will be prepared to care for premature newborns with specialized needs, including feeding support, intravenous therapy and supplemental oxygen.
Patients will also have access to Swedish’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit on the First Hill campus in Seattle for babies who are born extremely premature.