HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital and O’Shea Builders hosted a demo day to celebrate the start of construction on the much-anticipated neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) renovation project.
The expanded and updated NICU will provide single family patient rooms for the first time in St. John’s 78-year history of caring for premature and critically-ill infants. As the only Level III NICU in the area, serving 39 counties across an approximate 80-mile radius, this is a critical medical resource to protect the healthy recovery and development of babies throughout south-central Illinois.
“Our highly skilled NICU care team delivers some of the best outcomes in the country, but our needs have grown beyond the space we have available to our families now,” said E.J. Kuiper, president and CEO of HSHS St. John’s Hospital. “The standard of care is a private, peaceful environment featuring single family rooms where parents can stay the night with their baby. That is what we will be able to provide for babies and their families once this project is complete.”
Research has shown this type of family-centered care reduces the length of a NICU stay by approximately 5.3 days. The average length of stay in St. John’s NICU is 25 days. St. John’s also plans to offer couplet care rooms in the expanded NICU. Couplet care rooms allow healthy moms and their babies to heal together in the same space. St. John’s will be the first hospital in downstate Illinois to offer this type of care, and one of only ten states to provide this advantage to families.
“We’re honored to be a part of the NICU expansion project at St. John’s. The NICU has had a tremendous impact on the community and has also had an impact on the families of O’Shea Builders,” said Mike O’Shea, president of O’Shea Builders. “We are excited to celebrate with St. John’s and to get started on the expansion.”
Each year, approximately 2,000 babies are born at St. John’s Children’s Hospital. The St. John’s NICU cares for approximately 700 babies annually.
The NICU project is the centerpiece of hospital-wide fundraising campaign, Imagine Tomorrow, which is raising money in support of patient care, education and research. The HSHS St. John’s Foundation is continuing to raise money toward the NICU project.
For more information on the project and how to imagine tomorrow for our most vulnerable patients, visit www.st-johns.org/supportNICU
About HSHS St. John’s Hospital
HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to central and southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Services, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Center, orthopedic services and AthletiCare. St. John’s now has one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation and a renovated patient tower with all private rooms. St. John’s is designated as a level I trauma center, has its own college of nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For more information about St. John’s Hospital, visit www.st-johns.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.