AZ Big Media Abrazo Arrowhead Plans $14M Neonatal Unit Expansion


Abrazo Arrowhead Campus, one of the Valley’s premier destinations for maternity care, announced today that it is expecting a special delivery: a $14 million expansion of the neonatal unit at the hospital for premature babies.

More than 3,000 babies, including high-profile multiple births like triplets, are born each year at the Abrazo Arrowhead campus. The 8,500 square foot addition will increase the neonatal unit from 21 to 35 beds, along with improved capabilities to pursue certification as a Level IIIB Senior Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for more complex maternal and neonatal medical conditions , obstetric and fetal complications.

“Through this strategic expansion, Abrazo Arrowhead will be able to serve more families and keep mothers and babies together in their community,” said Dr. Amit Agrawal, Medical Director of Neonatology.

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Abrazo’s new neonatal addition will be built adjacent to the existing Abrazo Arrowhead Level IIIA Perinatal Care Center. Construction preparations for the expansion are underway and the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.

Dr. Ravi Gunatilake, Medical Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine, noted, “Abrazo Arrowhead provides exceptional care for high-risk mothers, and this significant investment will continue to advance our ability to deliver excellent quality care and outcomes to our patients.

“Our existing nursery will continue to be open and available during construction. The expansion will allow our providers and caregivers to provide an even higher standard and care for babies of all gestational ages after the new unit is state-certified,” Garner explained.

Abrazo Arrowhead is already certified to care for premature babies as young as 28 weeks gestation. Pursuing NICU Level IIIB certification means the hospital will be able to provide complex care for babies of any gestational age, explained chief nursing officer Julie Bowman, MSN, BSN, RN.

“We are extremely proud of the high quality care provided by our existing clinical staff and community obstetricians/gynecologists, as well as round-the-clock coverage with neonatal specialists, laborers and an OB emergency service,” Bowman said. . “We are pleased to add more medical subspecialty coverage and capabilities to improve the care we provide to pregnant families. »

The hospital continues to improve its clinical services in addition to care for women and infants, including cardiac and vascular, orthopedics, general surgery and more, Garner added. “The future of the Abrazo Arrowhead campus is bright, and I’m proud of our hospital’s commitment to increasing access to high-quality specialty care closer to home for our Northwest Valley community.”

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