Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns will celebrate the opening of San Diego’s largest Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) on Friday.
The hospital’s Level III NICU will open to patients after an extensive renovation and expansion project that cost $30 million.
The NICU, now the largest in San Diego, has been expanded from 61 to 84 beds.
A total of 24 of those beds are specifically designed for families transitioning their newborn babies from hospital care to home. The special, private rooms allow families to spend the night and practice caring for their babies more independently with the support of the Mary Birch nursing staff.
Friday marks the official completion of the hospital’s NICU project. Some babies and families have already been moved to the new unit, with NICU doctors following right behind them.