HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 3,000 people joined the Alexian Brothers and leaders of Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) to celebrate the upcoming opening of Alexian Brothers Women & Children's Hospital during an eight-day series of events at the Hoffman Estates facility.
- Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with a full complement of pediatric sub-specialty physicians to care for the tiniest babies. The fourth-floor NICU has 26 private rooms, including 16 critical-care beds and 10 "step-down" beds for infants whose conditions are improving and/or less critical. Some rooms adjoin each other to accommodate families with multiple births, and all rooms include a sofa bed so parents or other family members can stay overnight with infants. The unit will provide care for premature babies born earlier than 30 weeks or weighing less than 2.75 lbs., and for babies with complications such as heart-valve problems, hernias and neurological issues.
- The Center for Pediatric Brain, which will bring together existing ABHS pediatric neurological programs in a convenient outpatient location on the hospital's first floor. The center will provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary neurological care for children with brain, nervous-system and neuromuscular disorders. The center also offers autism programs, a concussion clinic for young athletes, and a pediatric epilepsy program that features an epilepsy monitoring unit provided in partnership with Rush University Medical Center. ABHS has recruited some of the nation's leading physicians in pediatric neuroscience to care for children at the Center for Pediatric Brain.
- Expansive Mother/Baby Services. The fifth and sixth floors of the hospital are dedicated to mothers and babies. The sixth floor includes three operating rooms, six triage bays, eight private ante partum suites, and 14 private labor/delivery/recovery suites. The fifth floor includes 32 private and spacious mother-baby suites, each with a comfortable chair and a sofa bed, and a well baby nursery with room for 18 infants.