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Soroka neonatal care center project brochure


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Soroka neonatal care center project brochure

  1. 1. Contact: Neonatal Care CenterDr. Michael Sherf, MDDirector General at Soroka Medical CenterTel: 972-8-640-3408, Fax: 972-8-627-7364E-mail: Construction planned for new Neonatal Care CenterSoroka Medical CenterIrit BibiExternal Affairs The new Neonatal Care Center will serve all newborns in the Negev.Tel: 972-8-640-3963, Fax: 972-8-640-3901 More than 1,000 babies are born every month at Soroka Medical Center,E-mail: more than at any other hospital in Israel. The new Neonatal Care Center will be fully protected against missiles inDr. Gerry Showstack line with lessons learned during the recent war in Gaza.Resource DevelopmentTel: 972-8-646-7435 Mobile: 972-54-220-2608E-mail: Background The Neonatal Department at Soroka Medical Center serves the one million residents of the Negev and is the busiest and most professional in Israel. With more than 13,000 births per year Soroka Medical Center has the busiest delivery room in the country. At any given moment, there are more than 150 newborn infants being treated by Soroka’s neonatal services. The department operates according to ISO 9002 and is the first neonatal unit in the world complying with these demanding international standards, ensuring the most advanced medical treatment including care for premature births. Due in part to the recent increase in treatments for infertility, there is a high rate of premature births. More than 5% of newborn infants have serious medical problems requiring intensive or special care. As the sole medical center serving the entire southern region of Israel, the Neonatal Department cares for more than 500 Very Low Birth Weight (VLBW) preemies annually, as well as more than 1,500 infants who require other special neonatal medical treatment each year. The neonatal medical team at Soroka has pioneered a unique model of care for its patients. Involving members of the infant’s family in family-centered care, the medical team has developed methods that allow premature and other babies 1
  2. 2. needing special care to start life in a normal caring atmosphere and increase transferred to this unit after both the probability and the quality of survival. their condition has stabilized. They are cared for by their The existing Neonatal Department was built in the 1980s. The physical parents under the careful conditions of the facility have become outmoded and are no longer sufficient eye and guidance of or appropriate. the medical staff. At In addition, during the war in Gaza which began in December 2008, we were the end of the stay in forced to swiftly evacuate all the new mothers and infants from the Neonatal the Recovery Unit the Department to protected quarters within barely an hour after the first missile infants are discharged fell nearby. While there was some risk in moving the premature babies, the risk home with their parents of injury or worse from missiles was intolerable, and the decision became clear who are now confident in as soon as Beer Sheva came under direct fire. their knowledge and ability to care for them. Working under direct threat in a complex operation that enlisted the human and technological prowess of our doctors and nursing staff, and assisted by the At present the Neonatal Department occupies two separate areas, far from Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command, the infants and mothers were each other. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is located on the ground floor transferred to a suitably protected building. All of the preemies survived the of an old building that is unprotected against missile fire. The upper floor of move to the improvised site without any injuries. The infants and their families another building houses the Special Care and Recovery Units which are also not were forced to remain in the facility to which they were transferred during the protected from missiles attacks. Due to the physical distance separating the two entire period of the war. buildings, the staffs are forced to function as two separate professional teams in two separate spaces, a situation which creates hardship for both the families Neonatal Care Today and the staff. To make matters worse, each of the units is much smaller than needed and dictated by todays criteria for treating infants and caring for their The Neonatal Department staff includes eight families. senior neonatalogists, five pediatricians and 80 nursing and administrative personnel. The guiding principles for treating the Need hospitalized newborns are to place The aim of the proposed Neonatal Care Center is to expand and improve the emphasis on the infants health and safety, facilities of the Neonatal Department, and to protect the departments infants, engage the parents maximum involvement families, and staff. The addition of a second and a protected third floor to the toward the infants discharge to their home existing Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will make it possible to upgrade medical following an extended and often dramatic care and treatment offered by the NICU, SCU, and RU at their respective levels hospital stay, and ensure proper preparation of care. The additional space will make it possible to fully implement family- of the family to acquire confidence and assume centered neonatal care at all levels and for all infants born in the Negev. responsibility for the care of their infant. The high birthrate in the Negev and the increase in population through The neonatal department is divided into three sections: immigration have rendered the existing neonatal care facilities inadequate. intensive care for premature births; special care for babies treated in intensive The space available does not allow for medical care involving mothers and care who require additional time before being discharged and for babies born other members of the family in the baby’s first stages of development. The with chronic diseases, addictions, or congenital anomalies; and the section for physical space and the number of incubators and medical equipment cannot recovery care. These three main units comprise the Neonatal Department: accommodate all of the expectant mothers who arrive at the delivery room Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which provides level-three lifesaving to give birth to babies who are premature or likely to need special care for care for preterm infants. other reasons. Some expectant mothers are sent, despite their sensitive medical condition, to hospitals in the center of the country. Special Care Unit (SCU), which treats infants that need level-two treatment and those convalescing from the NICU Involvement of mothers is critical for all of the infants, and the present physical set up cannot accommodate that need. Additional space is needed for coaching Recovery Unit (RU), for preemies and other infants with special needs families in infant care, including resuscitation of babies in cases where it2 3
  3. 3. might be needed, and normal activities such as feeding, as well as for medical Family Rooms will be welcoming areas for siblings and other family members personnel and support professionals. accompanying the parents. The facility will also contain a Resource Room that will offers books, pamphlets, and instructional films on infant care and common As mentioned, during the recent war in Gaza, Soroka Medical Center, including problems encountered, links to information on the internet, as well as activities its Neonatal Department, was under direct threat of missile attack. Three Grad for siblings (videos, childrens books, games, etc.). missiles landed within less than 200 meters of the hospital. As soon as the first missile landed nearby, it was absolutely clear and imperative that all of our Dining Area for Parents will be conveniently located adjacent to the neonatal newborns and mothers had to be moved to protected areas within the medical treatment rooms. center. Not only was a portion of the Neonatal Department located in buildings that were not protected, but the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit itself was (and today remains) in a building whose roof is constructed in part of glass bricks! Floor Plan of the future Second Floor Goal To expand the neonatal care facilities to serve and protect all infants born to the population of southern Israel, providing them with family-centered intensive, special and recovery care as pioneered at Soroka Medical Center, in a safe and secure setting. The expanded facility will allow medical staff and families to provide the care needed to nurture these newest Israelis. Neonatal Care in the Future The highly improved physical conditions will allow the principles of Family- Centered Care to be implemented to the fullest. Emphasis will be placed on integrating the parents into the units work plan, ensuring that they are involved in the infants care and in assuming ever-increasing responsibility for that care. Neonatal Treatment Rooms will be the heart of the new unit, sufficiently spacious areas for each infant to allow at least one of the parents to comfortably care for their infant throughout the day. Care Areas will be created that allow the entry of natural lighting. Each area will be partially separated by dividers and will include equipment and furnishings that will allow the parents to take care of their infant and relax comfortably between treatments. Lodging Facilities will be included for parents and their infants for several nights ahead of the infants discharge or for situations when it is not possible for the parent to return home (such as the beginning of fulltime nursing, a distant place of residence, transportation difficulties). These overnight rooms will be outfitted with monitoring equipment to observe the infants condition and enable the parents to call for assistance from the attending staff. Training Rooms for Parents will be areas designed for group and individual instruction. Breast Milk Pumping Facilities will provide convenient arrangements for the mothers to express and store milk.4 5
  4. 4. rendering of proposed Neonatal Care Center - NCC NCC Elevations6 7
  5. 5. Costs The estimated total construction cost of the project is $9,250,000 First Floor: 860 sq. meters, involving the full renovation of the existing Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, $1,000,000 Technical Floor: 860 sq. meters, housing technical equipment and infrastructure, $750,000 Second Floor: 1,005 sq. meters, construction and protected infrastructures for additional Neonatal Intensive Care, Special Care, and Recovery Unit, $3,000,000 Third Floor: 1,005 sq. meters, reinforced to protect this floor and the entire building against the threat of missile attack, to house examinations rooms, physicians offices, parent training areas, family space, $3,000,000 Medical equipment and furnishings: $1,500,000 Total project cost - $9,250,000 Donation and Donor Recognition The new Neonatal Care Center can be named by the donors for a gift of $4,500,000. Additional funding for the project will be provided by Soroka Medical Center. Full and very prominent donor recognition will be provided on and inside the Neonatal Care Center and at the Donors Wall of Honor of Soroka Medical Center. The facility will be dedicated at a major dignified public dedication ceremony. The donor will be recognized in all publicity and publications of the Neonatal Care Center. Thank you for your consideration of this proposal and request8
  6. 6. Soroka Medical Center ‫המרכז הרפואי האוניברסיטאי סורוקה‬POB 151, Beer-Sheva, 84101 ‫ת.ד. 151 באר-שבע‬84101 Israel 08-640-3963 :‫טל‬Tel: 972-8-640-3963 08-640-3901 :‫פקס‬Fax: 972-8-640-3901 email: :‫אינטרנט‬website: American Friends of Soroka Medical Center P.O Box 184-H Scarsdale, NY 10583 Tel: 914-725-9070 Fax: 914-725-9073 email: website: