Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) turns 20! 

Mar 31
2008

Editors Note: A 20 year anniversary celebration is being held at Methodist Northlake Campus in the South Pavillion Auditorium at 1:00 pm on Thursday, April 3 at 1 pm. Claude Watts will speak and physicians and staff will be honored for their committment and dedication. Media is invited to attend, please contact me if you plan on attending.

Twenty years, thousands of babies and Press Ganey Satisfaction scores consistently in the 98th and 99th percentile give Methodist Hospitals Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) more than enough reasons to celebrate. On Thursday, April 3, Methodist Hospitals NICU celebrates its 20th anniversary!

Many of the patients at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are small enough to hold in the palm of your hand. Thanks to advances in medicine over the years and the skill and experience of the staff, these tiny patients have a much higher chance at going home healthy and happy.

Dr. Anthony Iwuagwu, an Obstetrician, says much of the credit is due to the wonderful nursing staff and NICU facility at Methodist. “We are very lucky to have such an experienced staff and a facility of this quality here.” The NICU is also equipped with the only transport team in Northwest Indiana that will bring babies from non-network hospitals such as: St. Mary’s and St. Katherine’s to Methodist.

Dr. Dizon and Dr. Sridhar began the NICU 20 years ago. They will be honored at the anniversary celebration on Thursday. The team at the NICU consists of 4 Neonatologists; Dr. Agarwal, Dr. Dizon, Dr, Sridhar, and Dr. Tareen, neonatology nurse practitioners, nurses, speech therapist, physical therapist and respiratory therapist.

Most of the nurses at the NICU have over 10 years of experience; a few have been here since it first opened. They have learned that taking care of a baby requires taking care of the entire family. “The parents are very scared and anxious when their babies get brought here, so we help the parents cope and allow them to be as much a part of their babies growing process as possible,” Ellen Maravilla, RN, stated as she comforted one of the tiny patients. “The parents do not forget you. I have run into people years later at the mall or a restaurant and they will still come up to me and tell me what a wonderful experience they had while they were here.”

For more information or to photograph/interview a Methodist employee, please contact me.

Thank you!

Amber Raza
Marketing/Corporate Communication
Methodist Hospitals
Phone: 219.886.4474
Fax: 219.886.4592

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