We’re excited to announce that our new Level II Nursery opens July 8. This vital service allows for premature babies — born as early as 34 weeks — to stay at the Swedish/Issaquah hospital to receive the specialized, around-the-clock care they need from a specially trained team of experts.
Parents can have peace of mind knowing that should their new bundle of joy enter the world earlier than expected, Swedish offers this vital service close to home. The Level II Nursery is located on the second floor of the hospital near the Labor & Delivery, Post-Partum and Pediatric Units.
Features of the Level II Nursery
Premature babies often face health challenges that require special care, such as feeding support, intravenous therapy or supplemental oxygen. These tiny, fragile patients require a dedicated team to provide care and monitor development.
At Swedish/Issaquah, the Level II Nursery will be staffed by highly skilled neonatal advance practice registered nurses who are supported by neonatologists. These nurses and physicians are part of the Pediatrix Medical Group, the same group of clinicians who staff Swedish’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at its First Hill campus, and the special-care nurseries at Swedish’s Ballard and Edmonds campuses.
The new Swedish/Issaquah Level II Nursery also features:
- Eight private, state-of-the-art hospital rooms offering the latest in neonatal technology and space for parents to sleep.
- A multidisciplinary medical team trained to take care of premature newborns; in addition to neonatal registered nurses and physicians, the team includes respiratory therapists, social workers, care managers, dietitians, lactation consultants, child life specialists, physical and occupational therapists, pharmacists and more.
- A family-centered environment so these newborns — and their parents — get the tender, loving support they need and deserve.
- A location in close proximity to other related services. The Level II Nursery is located on the second floor of the hospital near the Labor & Delivery, Post-Partum and Pediatric Units.
The Level II Nursery will have a phased opening. The first phase is the July 8 opening of the initial eight rooms. Construction on the second phase starts this fall, and will include expansion to 15 rooms. Construction will be complete in 2014. This expansion will allow for Swedish/Issaquah to care for babies delivered as young as 32 weeks gestational age.
Access to the larger system
Should a baby still require transfer to Swedish’s First Hill campus in Seattle — due to extreme prematurity or a medical condition — parents can rest assured that the baby has instant access to the largest neonatal program in the state. Swedish's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is one of a handful of Level III Nurseries in the region, and cares for the most premature or sick newborns. In addition, the baby will have consistency of care with the same team of Pediatrix Medical Group physicians and nurses, and an electronic medical record accessible at any Swedish facility.