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Gwinnett Medical Center’s Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion Marks 20th Anniversary

04.27.2011

New NICU Ambulance Dedication is Highlight of Celebration

Lawrenceville, Ga.—The doors to Gwinnett Medical Center’s (GMC) Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion first opened in April 1991. Since that time, associates have helped deliver over 97,000 babies, incorporated leading technology to meet healthcare needs of women and children and provided support to highly experienced physicians.

As a hallmark of the 20th anniversary celebration, the center dedicated a new NICU ambulance yesterday that’s specifically designed to meet the needs of the smallest babies.

“The Women’s Pavilion was developed 20 years ago as a service to women of all ages and children from the metro Atlanta community,” said Carol Danielson, chief nursing officer, GMC. “As we celebrate, hospital leadership is looking ahead at how we can continually transform our women’s services to meet the needs of today.”

The new NICU ambulance is part of GMC’s continual transformation. Equipped with highly sophisticated resources, the ambulance features an Airborne Voyager Incubator Transporter with self contained thermoregulation capability, a ventilator with oxygen and air tanks, and cardiorespiratory/blood pressure monitoring. It also includes IV syringe pumps for managing smaller IV rates, drips, and medications, and inhaled nitric oxide therapy for ventilation. A NICU Resuscitation/Transport RN who has completed additional training such as needle aspiration of a pneumothorax, and a neonatal respiratory therapist accompany every transport.

“There were 88 transports in 2010,” said Leslie Leigh, MD. “This figure also includes babies who are taken from here to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Egleston and Scottish Rite for cardiac and surgical issues, and returned back to GMC to be discharged home. Referrals for transport are made to GMC neonatologist, in coordination with the transport team, who make the decision, which is then quickly and safely executed,” he continued.

The NICU ambulance, which is oversized for technician’s ease in mobility, will also be utilized in transporting patients that require critical care.

The Women’s Pavilion was developed to address the evolving needs of women over their lifetime, including advanced mammography and imaging services in the fight against breast cancer and extensive classes and education outlets for every stage of pregnancy. GMC’s Level III neonatal intensive care unit, also housed in the Women’s Pavilion, is staffed by specialists and staff members.

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