HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital welcomes first patient to new Level III NICU
HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital, a 435-bed full-service acute care facility and part of HCA Florida Healthcare, the largest healthcare system in the state, recently welcomed the first patient to its recently opened Level III NICU.
At just under one-month-old, patient Luka Ramos was transported to suite nine in the newly-renovated and expanded Level III NICU. The process took less than five minutes and included multiple care team members, including nursing staff and a medical coordinator.
“The NICU renovation project has been underway for nearly a year,” said HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital director of children's services Marissa O'Dowd. “We are thrilled to move our first patient into our top of the line expanded NICU. In the newly renovated unit, our tiniest patients will receive the highest level of care and have access to the latest neonatal technology.”
Ramos was born in mid-August at 29 weeks and weighed only 3 lbs. Most recently, Ramos received care in the facility's Level II NICU, which remained open and was not impacted during construction.
“I'm excited he's first. What an honor,” said Luka's mom, Tiffany Lopez. “I can't wait to visit him here in the new NICU.”
Lawnwood Hospital’s NICU is now the largest on the Treasure Coast, with 20 beds, including two isolation rooms.
About HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital
HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital is a 435-bed, full-service acute care hospital accredited by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration as a comprehensive stroke center. Specializing in emergency services, dedicated pediatric emergency services, Level II trauma services, maternity, Level III neonatal services, pediatric intensive care services, comprehensive stroke services, minimally invasive surgery and open-heart surgery, we provide high-quality, exceptional patient care to Fort Pierce residents and the surrounding communities. The hospital has been recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for cardiac care and is an American College of Surgeons Verified Level II Trauma Center. The hospital’s 24-hour emergency room provides specialized hospital services for adults and children of all ages. For more information on HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital, please visit hcafloridahealthcare.com or call 772-461-4000.
HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital is a part of HCA Florida Healthcare, the leading provider of healthcare in the state of Florida. With an employee base of 77,000, HCA Florida Healthcare’s comprehensive network includes 50 hospital campuses and more than 450 other care sites.