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Piedmont Atlanta Opens Upgraded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Grass Family Women’s Center

Atlanta, Ga. (January 30, 2024) – Piedmont Atlanta Hospital is pleased to announce its larger, state-of-the-art Jan & John Portman neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is now open as part of the renovation of the women’s center at the hospital to become the Grass Family Women’s Center at Piedmont Atlanta. The updated NICU is triple its former size.

The additional space enabled several key enhancements to the family and care team experience. Private rooms have replaced the previous open-bay concept. Resources such as breast milk storage, laundry, and sleeping quarters for on-call physicians are accessible to the patient care area. The entrances within the women’s center to the NICU and standard nursery are now also separate.

“We are so glad to be able to give parents facing the difficult situation of a NICU stay the secluded, comfortable space they deserve to bond with the newest member of their family,” said Patrick M. Battey, M.D., chief executive officer of Piedmont Atlanta. “Their surroundings now befit the exceptional medical care they are receiving.”

The Jan & John Portman NICU has 23 rooms that accommodate one baby, plus two rooms that accommodate multiples. The NICU at Piedmont Atlanta remains equipped to provide up to intensive, or level III, care for newborns.

The NICU expansion is part of a comprehensive upgrade of the women’s center at Piedmont Atlanta that already includes modernized Labor & Delivery rooms. Once complete, the Grass Family Women’s Center will occupy its own floor of Piedmont Atlanta.

Learn more about Piedmont’s maternity care in Atlanta.

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