SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES
Halifax Health Medical Center of Daytona Beach is celebrating the completion of renovations to its Betty Jane France Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The $1-million construction project, which expanded the NICU from nine to 14 beds, is showcased via a virtual tour available online at www.halifaxhealth.org/NICU.
“We are excited to be able to offer the youngest members of our community the highest quality of care. We hope families will not need the expert neonatal services we provide, but if they do, we are ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take care of them,” says Ann Martorano, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Halifax Health.
Services about 200 newborns a year
The NICU features an open-concept design that allows the medical center’s experienced clinicians to care for babies utilizing a team approach. Amenities include a certified infant massage specialist, an isolation room, state-of-the-art flooring and lighting, and a breast milk storage area.
Halifax Health operates Volusia and Flagler counties’ only 24-hour Level II NICU. Opened in April 1975 and located in the Center for Women and Infant Health at Halifax Health Medical Center of Daytona Beach, the NICU provides services for approximately 200 newborns each year who require intensive care due to prematurity or illness diagnosed around the time of delivery
The tour is led by Halifax Health NICU and Pediatrics Nurse Manager Amy Christie and includes a greeting from Betty Jane France, a longtime supporter of women and children’s initiatives at Halifax Health.