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South Carolina hospital shows off new unit

The State, August 12, 2008

Officials at South Carolina-based Palmetto Health Baptist have unveiled a new neonatal ICU, which is part of a $57 million project at the facility. The new unit has been designated as Level III, and includes 17 single rooms with one nurse's station for every two rooms. Palmetto Baptist's maternity unit delivers about 4,000 babies a year, and about 10% require some level of neonatal intensive care, said Palmetto Health officials. The rooms in the new unit are outfitted with the latest monitoring equipment and are designed to stimulate brain development. Special equipment includes a phone system to alert nurses of a change in vital signs, foot-controlled hand washing stations, and a communication center for patients and caregivers.