Preemie receives ‘awesome care’

Keiran McPhail, NICU babyDue to a high-risk condition his mother developed during pregnancy, Keiran McPhail arrived nine weeks early weighing a smidge over 3 pounds. Parents Jonathan and Lindsay say he received “awesome care” during his five-week stay in neonatal intensive care. They were reassured and informed step by step through Keiran’s need for oxygen and a blood transfusion, as well as brief scares with a brain bleed and heart issue.

“Before I delivered, a neonatologist met with us and explained in great detail everything that was going to happen, what condition Keiran would be in, what we should expect,” Lindsay said. “Through it all I felt we were in unbelievable hands, which was just incredibly reassuring.”

Tiny babies, big rooms

Neonatal ICUs typically are a challenging environment for parents. To provide the most comprehensive and advanced care for its tiniest patients and greater comfort for our families, The University of Kansas Hospital recently expanded and extensively renovated the NICU.

Comfort for the whole family

The new NICU provides these features and amenities. 

  • 28 private rooms
  • 4 additional private rooms designed for multiple newborns
  • Pull-out sofa and recliner in each room so parents can stay overnight
  • Phone, TV and wi-fi capabilities in each room 
  • Breast pump in each room
  • Family lounge and dining area with refrigerator and microwave
  • Milk bank for drop off, preparation and storage

The new facility benefits the tiny patients, too. Studies show single family areas for babies, especially those who are premature, lead to better development. 

Level III neonatal intensive care

One of the few facilities in greater Kansas City designated as a Level III nursery, the NICU is staffed and equipped to handle all but the very most complex procedures for preemies. Mothers of premature or critically ill infants can deliver, recover and get help caring for their babies without leaving the birthing area.

Multidisciplinary teams at hand

NICU patients receive family-centered care from an integrated team of medical specialists including physicians, nurses, therapists and social workers.

Neonatal medical home

As for Keiran, he’s long since graduated from the NICU. At 16 months, he’s at the 75th percentile for height and weight. A happy, active boy, he loves toddling after big brother Kai. 

Like many of the approximately 300 babies leaving the NICU each year, Keiran continues his medical care at the hospital’s Neonatal Medical Home.

The NMH offers family-centered outpatient care dedicated to preemies or those who were born with complex medical conditions. A highly specialized, multidisciplinary team uses a proactive approach to provide compassionate care and coordinated services to these patients through age 5. Services and advice are available to families around the clock. 

Learn more or call 913-588-1227.