Babies Move into New NICU at Baptist Health
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH, KY - It was moving day Tuesday for five babies and their families into the new John and Loree Eckstein NICU at Baptist Health.
The unit celebrated its grand opening on Monday, and Hospital President William A. Brown told a crowd of over 600 people, “James 1:17 reminds us, ‘Every good and perfect gift is from above,’ so our hearts are full of gratitude to God for the many gifts represented here. With a beautiful new facility, scores of dedicated caregivers and hundreds of families we have been blessed to serve.”
On Monday, visitors toured the new $3.2 million neonatal intensive care unit, which is three times larger than the original unit. But on Tuesday, the unit began serving its purpose as babies moved in,
Lead gift donor John Eckstein said his family chose to donate after touring the former space and new unit.
“I am amazed at the level of care that Baptist Health can provide for these babies and am excited to know how many more families can now receive these services, allowing their families to stay close to home,” he said.
More than 1,000 families have benefited from the local service, which started in 2011 with six licensed beds and is now licensed for 14. “We can care for more babies now and provide more privacy and bonding space for their families,” said Neonatologist Ed O’Neill, MD.
Mother & Baby Care, including the NICU, is one of four hospital service areas to benefit from a comprehensive capital campaign announced last month by Baptist Health Foundation Paducah; other areas are cancer, heart and outreach. The campaign has raised $7.6 million toward a $10 million goal. To contribute or get more information, phone 270-575-2871 or see SupportBaptistHealth.org/Paducah.