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Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital Office of Philanthropy Commits $4 million To Renovate Special Care Nursery at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital

Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital January 12, 2016

GENEVA, IL – The Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital Office of Philanthropy, now part of the Northwestern Memorial Foundation, announced that it is giving $4 million to upgrade and renovate the Special Care Nursery (SCN) and Caesarian Section Room at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital. The Foundation partners with generous individuals and corporations to raise funds to better meet the needs of the community and enhance the clinical care services and offerings of the health system.

“The Foundation is blessed to have donors whose generosity helps us deliver state-of-the-art care and services to patients of Northwestern Medicine which enables us to bring the highest levels of care closer to where our patients live and work,” said Chris Hensley, Vice President, Northwestern Memorial Foundation. “We are thrilled that this year’s funds will be used for newborns requiring extra care and mothers who deliver by c-section at Delnor Hospital.”

The $4 million gift will enhance care for both mothers in labor and newborns who require extra care following their birth. In fiscal year 2015, more than 1,400 babies were born at Delnor Hospital with 157 requiring admission to the SCN. The state of Illinois has designated the SCN at Delnor Hospital as a Level II with Extended Capabilities meaning it can care for low birth-weight infants (2 pounds, 12 ounces or greater), premature infants (30 or more weeks gestation), and term infants with medical complications.

The upgrades and renovations to the SCN and Caesarian Section room will enhance privacy and safety for the patients and families. Highlights of the project include:

  • Separated spaces for each baby with better environmental controls for light and sound
  • The addition of a nursing station within the patient care area to provide 1:1 visualization of patients
  • Renovations will allow for simultaneous use of two state-of-the-art operating rooms increasing efficiency and safety
  • Expanded physician on-call room that provides in-house 24/7 coverage by obstetricians, anesthesiologists and neonatologists and is located directly across from the labor and delivery suites

Additionally, the Foundation pledged $500,000 to upgrade visual and audio equipment for orthopaedic surgeons at Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. The Foundation also supports a variety of other vital system services, including the Ronald McDonald House® near Central DuPage Hospital.

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