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Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - SJH breaks ground on a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Vineland

Pictured (left to right): Margaret Fernandes, M.D., Neonatologist and March of Dimes Volunteer; Michelle Marshall, Assistant Vice President for Oncology and Women’s Health Service Lines at SJH; Judy Donlin, Executive Director of the Southern New Jersey Perinantal Cooperative; Muhammad Anwar, M.D., Medical Director of the SJH Special Care Nursery; Anne McCartney, Vice President of Patient Care Services at the SJH Regional Medical Center; Betty Sheridan, SJH Regional Medical Center Chief Operating Officer and SJH Chief Nurse Executive; Michael Rossi III, Chairman of the SJH Hospital Board; Hassan Salah, M.D., SJH Chairman of Pediatrics; Armando Russo, M.D., SJH Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

South Jersey Healthcare has broken ground and begun construction on a Level IIIa Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Regional Medical Center in Vineland. This $6 million, 14,800 square foot expansion and renovation of the nursery will bring advanced care for premature, low birth-weight and critically ill infants to our region. 

Currently, the nursery at the RMC is classified at Level II, and can provide care for premature infants born at 32 weeks. By advancing to a Level IIIa NICU, SJH will be able to care for infants as young as 28 weeks. Based on an analysis of our community, adding this service will enable SJH to provide care to nearly 100 more babies annually here in Cumberland County—babies who otherwise would have been transferred out of the area to receive their care.
"At South Jersey Healthcare we’re dedicated to providing quality health care for our neighbors through every stage of their lives,” said Chet Kaletkowski, SJH President and CEO.  "Adding a NICU to our Regional Medical Center now gives us the ability to expand the advanced care we provide in our nurseries for our littlest patients."