Tevora chief executive officer Ray Zadjmool announced a $100,000 gift from Tevora toward CHOC Children’s Hospital’s expansion of its neonatal intensive care unit. The expansion will include 36 private patient rooms with amenities to allow parents and guardians to comfortably stay overnight with their critically ill babies receiving highly specialized care at CHOC. A room in the unit will be named in honor of Tevora’s gift.
“We are very happy to support CHOC in the work they do for our community, our neighbors, and our kids,” said Zadjmool. “Keeping families together during this critical time is essential for the babies and their families.”
Expected to open in summer 2017, the new solo rooms on the fourth floor of the state-of-the-art Bill Holmes Tower will replace the current pod-style beds in CHOC’s current Level 4 NICU. A fundraising campaign by CHOC to raise $22 million is underway to complete the project. A potential second phase of construction could add more beds.
“Supporting CHOC is a great extension of our company’s family-friendly philosophy,” Tevora president Nazy Fouladirad said. “Our employees are really behind Tevora’s commitment to CHOC.”
Private NICU rooms are setting a new standard for improved patient outcomes. A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics found that infants cared for in single-family rooms weighed more at discharge and gained weight more rapidly than those who received care in an open design. Also, they required fewer medical procedures, had increased attention, and experienced less stress, lethargy and pain. The researchers attributed these findings to increased maternal involvement.
Further, the private-room setting provides the space and privacy that parents need to be more intimately involved in the care of their baby, including breast-feeding and skin-to-skin contact, and parents can stay overnight with their child. In addition, private rooms give staff more access to and interaction with the family and patient.
CHOC’s expanded unit will also feature a multipurpose family room, additional office space and other enhanced amenities.
“Every parent wants to stay as close to their baby as possible, especially when the infant needs a high level of medical attention,” said Dr. Vijay Dhar, medical director of CHOC’s NICU. “The expansion to CHOC’s NICU will offer parents and guardians reassurance that they’ll be nearby while their baby receives the highest level of care. As an organization committed to patient- and family-centered care, CHOC is proud to soon offer private rooms to our smallest patients and their parents.”
For several decades, CHOC has served infants requiring the highest level of care. CHOC’s neonatal services currently offer 67 beds at CHOC Orange and the CHOC Children’s NICU at St. Joseph Hospital, 22 beds at CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital, and a team of premier neonatologists who provide coverage at hospitals throughout Southern California.
A suite of specialized services comprises the CHOC NICU: the Surgical NICU, which provides dedicated care to babies needing or recovering from surgery; the Small Baby Unit, where infants with extremely low birth weights receive coordinated care; the Neurocritical NICU, where babies with neurological problems are cohorted; and the Cardiac NICU, which provides comprehensive care for neonates with congenital heart defects.
CHOC’s NICU was recently named one of the nation’s “top 25” by U.S. News & World Report, reflecting the NICU team’s unwavering commitment to the highest standards of patient care and safety.
To learn more about the NICU expansion, visit http://www.choc.org/giving/nicu-initiative.
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About CHOC Children’s
Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2015-2016) and a 2015 Leapfrog Top Hospital for the highest quality of care, Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children’s) is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach, education and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional health care network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, many primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four clinical centers of excellence – the CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes.
CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence. Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Beacon Award for Pediatric Critical Care Excellence.