Friday, July 27, 2001

New clinic will treat tiniest newborns

The Associated Press

        CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Clinic will open the doors Monday to a 17-bed intensive-care unit for premature babies, despite criticism from some health-care advocates that northeast Ohio does not need the additional beds for babies.

        On Thursday, the clinic unveiled the state-of-the-art, $4.4 million facility.

        The neonatal intensive care unit provides emergency care for low-birthweight babies and babies suffering various developmental ailments.

        Clinic officials say the unit creates an opportunity to merge the hospital's national surgical expertise with state-of-the art care for infants.

        “We do things here that nobody else in the city is able to do,” said Dr. Douglas Moodie, chairman of clinic's division of pediatrics.

        With the new neonatal ICU, premature babies can be treated and housed at the clinic, without needing to be transferred.

        The facility will be the fifth neonatal ICU in the area, bringing the total number of critical-care beds for babies in the region to 191.

        Some health-care advocates say the region has no need for the additional neonatal ICU beds.


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