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TMC looking to grow with $18 million NICU expansion

Posted at 5:29 PM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 18:41:56-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s campaign season for Truman Medical Center.

The center is launching the “big campaign for tiny miracles,” an effort to expand the hospital’s NICU unit.

The $18 million project has raised $12.5 million so far: $10 million from the Sunderland Foundation and another $2.5 million from the Hall Family Foundation.

“Our vision is to provide relaxing private rooms so families can call that space their own – the space they spend with their newborn,” TMC President Charlie Shields said.

Ashley Nieuwsma, a mother of 10, says she welcomes the expansion.

“It’s becoming a sought-after place that more and more moms like myself are choosing to trust with fragile babies,” Nieuwsma said.

With the expansion, the NICU will grow to 29 rooms with space for a family and the isolette - a contained environment that helps control temperaature - that holds the baby.

The current setup features 19 isolettes, but all are in one large room.