BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — A brand new neonatal intensive care unit promises to give top-of-the line care to babies fighting for their lives.
The community today got a chance to walk through the new maternity, and neonatal intensive care unit at St. Elizabeth’s in Boardman.
First News Reporter Miriam Hobbs shows us the new multi-million dollar facility.
The staff at St. E’s in Boardman were eager to show off their new state of the art facility to the public during their Open House Saturday.
“We’re showing off to our pulic a major milestone in this 100 million dollar construction program that we’re undergoing here,” said Genie Aubel, President, St. Elizabeth;s Boardman.
The hospital is relocating its maternity and neonatal intensive care units from its Youngstown location to Boardman.
“We are adding down here 14 labor and delivery rooms, 33 post partum rooms and a 25 bed NICU in conjunction with our partner Akron Children’s Hospital,” said Aubel.
The new expansion will be an all-private room facility.
The hospital is focused on family-centered care.
The Seidita family of Youngstown is looking forward to staying in the brand new facility when they welcome their bundle of joy in July.
“We’re really excited. We like it a lot. It’s beautiful — beautiful place for our new baby,” said Melissa Seidita.
They had their first child at the Youngstown location.
“This is like no comparison, now what we have here — what they built. It’s really beautiful — state of the art stuff,” said Seidita.
The Akron Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will also offer families much more.
“In the other unit we were in one big room. We would have up to 25 babies very close together. Iin the single room design every baby will have their own room — a spacious room,” said Mary Ellen Michael.
It also provides families who may be staying for an extended period of time apartments, and a family-centered room sponsored by Ronald McDonald House.
“They can eat dinner, relax, watch tv, spend some time with other siblings,” said Micheal.
The new facility will officially open Monday at 7 AM.