New Kentucky Children’s Hospital lobby and NICU open in UK Chandler Hospital

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — Kentucky Children’s Hospital has a new place to welcome visitors and give care to its smallest patients.

The new Makenna Foundation Welcome Center and Betti Ruth Robinson Taylor Neonatal Intensive Care Unit were unveiled in the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital on Monday.

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The Betti Ruth Robinson Taylor Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is 36,000 square foot facility that replaces the current NICU.

The new NICU has 68 patient rooms, including two twin rooms, for a total of 70 beds. The hospital says each room has a daybed so parents can stay with their babies as much as possible. Other amenities include circadian rhythm lighting that mimics natural light cycles, benefiting babies in their development, weight gain, and growth while reducing crying and fussiness; a lounge, kitchen, laundry, and shower facilities for parents of long-term patients; two care-by-parent rooms to help parents transition into caring for their child on their own before discharge.

“This NICU is the result of the careful collaboration for which UK HealthCare is known,” said Gwen Moreland, assistant chief nurse executive of Kentucky Children’s Hospital. “Invaluable input from our staff, patients and families, support from our donors and boards, and the creativity of our designers and engineers culminated with this space, an integral piece of supporting UK’s mission to provide advanced patient care.”



The hospital also unveiled the new Makenna Foundation Welcome Center.

The welcome center includes the Simpson Family Theater which will host events and programs coordinated by KCH’s Child Life Department.