Beaumont unveils new unit to care for premature babies – The Oakland Press


Melissa and Jeremy Livingston’s 10-day-old son was the first baby transferred to Beaumont-Troy Hospital’s new 15,000 square foot neonatal intensive care unit.

“The best thing about the new NICU is the privacy,” Melissa Livingston said. “With the time NICU families spend on the unit, it’s wonderful to be able to have a private conversation anytime.”

The Troy couple’s son, Roman Michael, was 5 weeks premature when he was born on May 28.

With triple the space of the previous NICU, the $8 million facility offers patients and families greater privacy, comfort and the latest medical innovations.

Now parents can stay with their baby 24/7. Each nursery includes a window for natural light and optimal replenishment.

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A private room in the new neonatal intensive care unit at Beaumont Hospital in Troy. (Courtesy of Beaumont)

A transition/training room gives parents the space and opportunity to learn how to care for their babies – many of whom need extra support when they come home – under the guidance of a team expert pediatric nurses.

Additional features include:

  • Twenty-five private and semi-private rooms with windows, fridges and stoves
  • Latest monitoring technology that sends important patient updates directly to the patient’s nurse
  • Added safety measures including secure elevators and, later this summer, GPS/wristband tracking for patients
  • Milk preparation room where staff can prepare/store 24 hours of infant food
  • Pantry stocked with beverages, light snacks and a station where parents can retrieve meal trays from the dining room
  • Parent and staff lounges conveniently located to keep everyone close and comfortable
  • Observation room for newborns who might benefit from a short stay
  • Training and night rooms
  • Examination/procedure room

The new NICU was made possible by a gift from Anthony and Marcia Battaglia.

“Children have always had a soft spot in our hearts,” said Anthony Battaglia. “Whether they are our own children, our grandparents or total strangers. We have always felt the need to help them give the best of themselves. And what better place to start than at the very beginning.

Battaglia owns and promotes the Palazzo di Bocce, a sports entertainment venue on Lake Orion.

He retired in 1999 as chairman of commercial construction company Cunningham-Limp, which he had co-owned since the late 1970s.

Marcia Battaglia is a retired teacher and the cause of children is one of her passions.

“This beautiful new space represents the culmination of a dream that began ten years ago,” said Dr David De Witte, Head of Pediatric Services, Beaumont Hospital, Troy.

“We are grateful to be able to support our dedicated and compassionate expert staff, with a spacious and modern working environment, carefully designed, equipped with the latest technology to improve efficiency and patient care.”

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