Newly redeveloped NICU at Stollery opens

April 22, 2021

​It was an exciting day as the Stollery Children's Hospital officially opened their newly renovated neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

The occasion was marked by the times we're living in, with the ceremony being carried out virtually.Alberta Health Minister ​Tyler Shandro and ​Infrastructure Minister Prasad Panda both dialed in for the o​​pening, which featured a video of the new unit and speeches from people like Karen Calhoun, a parent and family adviser with Stollery.

Her son Ben was a NICU patient 18 years ago, and Calhoun says the creation of family spaces in the newly renovated unit will be a big help to families as they go through an extremely challenging situation.

“Being at your baby’s bedside can be all-consuming, but in order to care for your baby to the best of your ability, you need to take care of yourself,” said Calhoun. “Knowing that a kitchen, shower and laundry room are just steps away can provide a real sense of relief for families.”​

​The redeveloped and expanded NICU will feature ​18 beds in either single or double-patient rooms, allowing families to have more space and privacy as they watch over their newborns who need care.

Stollery NICU Welcome Desk

The $11.7 million project received a boost from the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation. They were able to contribute $1.2 million thanks to the generosity of donors such as the Stream-Flo Group of Companies.

The $1.2 million was directed towards comfort items such as couches, recliners, fridges for breast milk, sleep rooms, and a common area where families of patients can unwind and perhaps watch a hockey game together. It also helped support the purchase of NICView cameras, which can be used to check in on the newborns when their loved ones are away from the hospital.

“The new NICU provides more space and privacy, and the latest technologies and pediatric equipment. We’re grateful to our many donors and government partners for making this urgent, family-centred care space a reality for newborns and their families,” said Mike House, president and CEO of the Stollery​ Children’s Hospital Foundation.​ 

In recognition of our gift, an 8x8 plaque with the Stream-Flo Group of Companies on it will be placed in the newly renovated NICU.

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