WellSpan York Hospital finishes $1.6M neonatal unit expansion

John A. Pavoncello
York Dispatch

When Mariela Lopez's and Jose Figueroa's daughter Miah arrived six weeks prematurely on Saturday, June 2, the York City family became one of the first to use WellSpan York Hospital's newly expanded Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. 

The expanded and renovated space increases York County’s only Level 3 NICU by six beds. The hospital’s NICU now has 44 beds — more than any other hospital in south-central Pennsylvania, WellSpan said in a news release.

WellSpan York Hospital has opened its expanded Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), enabling WellSpan neonatologists and nurses to care for more York-area newborns in a state-of-the-art, calm and caring environment.
The expanded and renovated space increases York County’s only Level 3 NICU by six beds. The hospital’s NICU now has a total of 44 beds – more than any other hospital in southcentral Pennsylvania. Submitted photo

The Level 3 NICU offers round-the-clock, comprehensive specialty care for very small or very sick babies such as Miah Fiqueroa, who was only 17 inches long and a little more than 4 pounds when born. 

WellSpan York Hospital’s $1.6 million NICU expansion features state-of-the-art equipment for more advanced medical and surgical care. It also offers a more private, comfortable setting — including noise-reducing floors — to foster a calmer and quieter care environment for patients and their families.

"We feel comfortable here," Figueroa said.

Mariela Lopez holds her newborn baby girl, Miah, in WellSpan York Hospital's new Tower NICU, Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Miah was born six weeks premature. John A. Pavoncello photo

The NICU is staffed 24/7 with specially trained nurses and neonatologists who treat approximately 450 children a year in the unit. These newborn patients are treated for various, sometimes life-threatening, conditions — including low birth weight, respiratory problems, infections, premature birth and problems experienced during the birth process.

“We are thrilled to expand our Level 3 NICU to help meet the growing need for exceptional neonatal specialty care here in York County,” said Keith Noll, senior vice president of WellSpan Health and president of WellSpan York Hospital. “The opening of this expanded unit signifies our ongoing commitment to providing outstanding specialty care to our tiniest patients in the communities we serve.”

More than 3,000 babies are delivered at WellSpan York Hospital every year.