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HCA Florida Capital Hospital opens neonatal intensive care unit

A sterile hospital room with two incubators and two recliners.
Tom Flanigan
WFSU Public Media
Two of the 10 newborn beds in the hospital's new neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)

All but the smallest and sickest newborns can be cared for in Tallahassee's newest neonatal intensive care unit. The $5 million, 10-bed facility is now open at HCA Florida Capital Hospital. The 3rd-floor corridor leading to the new neonatal ICU was packed with staff, Chamber of Commerce folks and other guests as Hospital CEO Alan Keesee gave a welcome.

"So, you're standing in a beautiful, 10-bed, level 2 neonatal ICU," he said before taking part in a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Unit Interim Director Dr. Dianna Broznya said newborns who are very premature or very sick will now have the very best of care.

"And our NICU will be able to take the babies born up to 10 weeks early, or 30 weeks gestational age. Also, some babies are born very small. We can take babies born at 1250 grams, which is about 2 pounds, 7 ounces, so that's very tiny."

Babies with severe medical issues, including those whose mothers who used addictive drugs during pregnancy, will be cared for round-the-clock. Parents can even watch their babies through a video link to their cell phones.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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