HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - Forrest General Hospital welcomed their newly renovated six million dollar Neonatal Intensive Care Unit on Thursday.
The state of the art facility was four years in the making and includes twenty three private rooms for babies and their families. Hospital officials said each of the rooms are also equip to care for twins.
Forrest General's NICU is unique because families are able to stay with their vulnerable children in the hospital. Forrest General's previous NICU included three thousand square feet, while the new space features 13-thousand square feet of space dedicated to caring for premature, underweight and critically ill babies. Clint White is a Neonatologist at the hospital.
According to White, "A lot of our babies stay 60, 70, 80 days and we have to tell the mothers go home, come back in a couple of months and get your babies. It's hard on them and this way they can actually stay with their baby the whole time."
Forrest General started their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit over thirty five years ago with just a small space to care for fragile babies.