Press Release

For Immediate Release
Dec 7, 2015
Contact : Maureen Gillespie, Public Relations Manager  
732-776-4166
MGillespie@meridianhealth.com

An Expanded Home for the NICU & Maternity at
Jersey Shore University Medical Center

 

Neptune - On November 16, Jersey Shore University Medical Center unveiled an expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), along with a dedicated antepartum unit for women with high-risk pregnancies. As home to K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital – the region’s most comprehensive provider of pediatric care in Monmouth and Ocean counties – the hospital’s multi-phase expansion will ensure the critical needs of the community’s most vulnerable newborns are met, and also provide the best care available for women experiencing high-risk pregnancies.

From 2009 through 2014, births at Jersey Shore increased by 18%. During the same period, NICU volume increased 42%. The 8,168 square foot NICU, set to open November 18, will provide nine new private NICU patient rooms and two twin rooms for a total of 13 new NICU bassinets.

“Unlike traditional NICUs that place bassinets in an open-bay arrangement, private rooms allow clinicians to focus on an infant’s individual needs, and protect babies from sensory overload, including high noise levels and disruptive lights. Private sleeping chairs for parents also encourage family members to bond more closely with their infants, helping to improve health outcomes for preterm infants,” says Michael A. Graff, M.D., Neonatology Medicine at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital.

The NICU will also incorporate NICVIEW – a technology that allows parents to view their babies from a secure online portal. With NICVIEW, parents can log on from a computer or mobile device anywhere, and monitor their infant’s progress.

Adjacent to the NICU, the hospital will debut a 5,784 square foot antepartum unit with nine new private maternity rooms, providing the full spectrum of care for prenatal and postpartum care for women with high-risk pregnancies. Rooms will feature soothing décor, private bathrooms, and most importantly – convenient access to their newborns who may require neonatal care.

The final phase of the NICU and maternity expansion, to be complete spring of 2016, will include six renovated labor and delivery rooms for a total of 32 maternity rooms.

"The NICU and maternity expansion at Jersey Shore will provide the best health care experience for our community’s smallest, most vulnerable patients and mothers who may experience a high risk pregnancy,” says Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP, president of Jersey Shore University Medical Center. “We’ve created a healing environment that gives newborns specialized care that supports their development, and also allows mothers to bond with their baby and rest and recover.”

About K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center:

K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center is the most comprehensive provider of pediatric care in Monmouth and Ocean counties. At the heart of Meridian Pediatric Network, the hospital includes a pediatric emergency department and acute care units supported by over 100 pediatric sub-specialists working together with community pediatricians to deliver the most complete, most coordinated care for kids in our communities. Whether it’s complex surgery or treatment for a chronic condition, the team of physicians, nurses and caregivers at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital treats each child as one of their own in a friendly and convenient setting, close to home. For more information about K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, call 1-800-DOCTORS, or visit www.khovnanianchildrenshospital.com.