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Abrazo Arrowhead celebrates expansion of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

photo of Abrazo Arrowhead leaders celebrating the opening of the neonatal unit
  A ribbon awaits cutting to commemorate the latest special delivery at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus, a 14-bed expansion of the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. (File Photos/DigitalFreePress)
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit expansion complete at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus

Abrazo Arrowhead Campus is announcing the completion of a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a $14 million expansion of the hospital’s services for preterm babies and high-risk pregnancies.

Expansion helps the hospital care for patients with complex maternal and neonatal medical conditions, obstetric and fetal complications, explained Julie Bowman, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus.

“We offer care for high-risk pregnancies and premature babies and are designated by the Arizona Perinatal Trust as a Level IIIB perinatal care center, which means we can provide complex care for babies of any gestational age,” said Nurse Bowman.

More than 3,500 babies, including high order multiple births like triplets, are born every year at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus. The 8,500 sq. ft. addition increases the hospital’s NICU capacity from 19 to 33 beds.

“This expansion means that Abrazo Arrowhead Campus can serve more families and keep moms and babies together close to home,” said Dr. Amit Agrawal, medical director of Neonatology.

Abrazo Arrowhead Campus is a popular destination for maternity care in the Northwest Valley.

“Abrazo Arrowhead provides outstanding care for high-risk mothers, and this significant investment will continue to advance our ability to deliver excellent quality care and outcomes for our patients,” said Dr. Ravi Gunatilake, medical director of Maternal Fetal Medicine.

“It’s very exciting to see the project come to completion. The hospital will also be adding more physician subspecialty coverage and capabilities as a result of the expansion,” added Abrazo Arrowhead Campus CEO Stephen Garner.

Hospital services were uninterrupted during the project, which took about a year to complete.

“Abrazo Arrowhead Campus is growing with our community. We are investing in our neonatal capabilities as well as strengthening the hospital’s other services for higher-acuity patients. This is shaping up to be a stellar year for Abrazo Arrowhead as we complete service and facility upgrades to provide specialty care closer to home for Northwest Valley residents,” said Mr. Garner.

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