Norton unveils $22-million upgrade of neo-natal ICU

With 101 beds, Norton’s NICU is among country’s largest

Norton unveils $22-million upgrade of neo-natal ICU
The upgraded unit now features private rooms with TVs, rocking chairs, and a sleep bench. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - The newly-renovated neo-natal intensive care unit was unveiled Thursday at Norton Children's Hospital.

The reveal was the culmination of a five-phase, $22-million project to update the NICU into a more family-centered atmosphere.

It now features private rooms with TVs, rocking chairs, and a sleep bench.

The Johnson family spent a lot of time in the former NICU.

Eleven-year-old twins Riley and Landon were born premature at 30 weeks. Their parents spent six weeks in the NICU before a scare sent Riley back for treatment for bacterial meningitis.

“It’s such a family envrionment here,” their father, Kyle Johnson, said. “Like I said, I saw one of the nurses and a couple of staff here who were here 10, 11 years ago. And just the immediate ... how fortunate we are to live in a town that has the level of care and ... the concern.”

Both twins are now healthy.

With 101 beds, Norton’s NICU is one of the largest in the country.

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