Anchorage hospital launches $3.2 million remodel of neonatal unit

Posted: Monday, November 26, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage hospital is beginning a $3.2 million remodel of its neonatal unit.

Providence Alaska Medical Center will begin the work next month.

The remodel of the 38-bed neonatal unit is to be carried out in three phases, said Jo Danner, clinical manager of the maternity unit. The project is expected to be completed within a year.

The overhaul will greatly benefit the sickest or most premature babies, according to neonatal nurse practitioner Jane Noonan. For example, six separate rooms will replace the current open nursery, allowing medical staff to individually control lighting, acoustics and room temperature.

Two of the rooms will be equipped for twins. The remaining beds in the nursery also will benefit from quieter materials, controlled lighting and less obtrusive technology, such as portable phone headsets for staff.

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