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University Health unveils new neonatal intensive care unit

Friday, December 2, 2022

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — University Health unveiled a new neonatal intensive care unit this week. The new wing will serve vulnerable young patients.

For first-time mom, Imani Rue, seeing her newborn child, Dakota, in a new corner room is a little overwhelming.

"If your baby has to be in the NICU, it makes you more comfortable," Rue said.

She is talking about the new level-three NICU at University Health. The hospital officially opened the new unit on Tuesday.

"It's a feeling that's been literally years in coming," said Dr. Joshua Petrikin, NICU medical director.

The new $10 million wing was completely funded with a donation, replacing an older unit built nearly 50 years ago.

"The past NICU was a little tight, crammed. We were a little bunched up," Rue said.

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