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Shanna Wiechel Presents at the 2009 ASHE International Conference

ASHE International Planning, Design & Construction Conference, 2009.  “Implementing a New Paradigm: Measuring the Results of One Hospital’s Change to a Private-Room NICU,” with Karen Rewerts, Area Director, Strategic & Business Development, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, 2009.

The shift from ward-style nurseries to private-room NICUs is increasingly common, however little research is available on whether this change achieves results.  This presentation was a case study of the new 60-bed private room NICU at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. Topics reviewed include benchmarking of comparable facilities and clinical data including average daily weight gain, average length of stay, infection rates, and staff satisfaction and retention during the first year of occupancy.

This project was awarded the 2009 ASHE Vista Award for Renovation – a national mark of distinction and honor, recognizing the importance of teamwork in the healthcare design and building environment.