WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- Hospital officials and sponsors cut the ribbon on a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Watertown’s Samaritan Medical Center Tuesday.
The new 3,500 square foot unit is one part of the hospital’s $61 million expansion and renovation project. It was built for infants who need extra care after they’re born.
Hospital President and CEO Tom Carman says it’s just the beginning for the new maternity department.
“It’s a great new space. It almost doubles the space that we currently have available to us. Same configuration of beds, 10 beds, but what’s really nice about it is it’s a much larger space for us, it’s about double the space we’ve had in the past, it’s all private rooms, it’s really moving towards a family centered care that will allow the parents to spend more time with the newborn babies,” Carman said.
The biggest community contributor was the Kinney Drugs Foundation. That group put more than $1 million into the project.