One of Canada’s busiest Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) is undergoing a major transformation thanks to a $5 million donation from the Newton Glassman Charitable Foundation. Mount Sinai’s NICU is the largest in the GTA and one of only three in Toronto that provides level 3 care, the highest acuity level of care for premature babies. The new NICU is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014 and will be named The Newton Glassman Charitable Foundation Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Central to the design of the Glassman NICU are 58 individual patient suites, replacing the existing open concept model. This reflects the latest model of neonatal care where parents’ involvement is significantly greater than previous models of care. Other features include:
- Expanded space per infant, from approx. 60 sq. ft. to approx. 145 sq. ft.
- Increase in total bassinets from 57 to 62
- Private rooms with comfortable furniture including parent sleep space
- Each room will support the two highest levels of care so that babies will no longer have to move to a different area as their health improves
- Networked technology and electronic clinical documentation to ensure nurses have remote access to patients’ vital information
- Enhanced infection control and increased isolation rooms from two to eight
- Adaptable sound and light levels to improve infant health and development
- Retractable walls to accommodate families with multiple births and access doors between rooms to facilitate response to emergency situations
- Shared family space equipped with a kitchenette, dining, lounge and children’s play areas, expanded teaching and classroom space and overnight guest rooms to accommodate families who are from out of town
The redevelopment of Mount Sinai’s NICU is part of a $500 million Campaign to Renew Sinai, the largest campaign in the hospital’s history that will fund the transformation of the hospital’s facilities and growth of its internationally recognized clinical and research programs. As part of the expansion, within the hospital’s largest program Women’s and Infants’ Health, new labour and delivery and antenatal units are also set to open in 2014.