Abrazo Arrowhead Campus, one of the Valley’s leading destinations for maternity care, can expect a special delivery — a $14 million expansion of the hospital’s neonatal unit for preterm babies.
More than 3,000 babies, including high order multiple births like triplets, are born every year at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus, 18701 N. 67th Ave., Glendale. The 8,500-square-foot addition will increase the neonatal unit from 21 to 35 beds, as well as support enhanced capabilities to pursue certification as a higher Level IIIB Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for more complex maternal and neonatal medical conditions, obstetric and fetal complications.
“With this strategic expansion, Abrazo Arrowhead will be able to serve more families and keep moms and babies together in their community,” said Dr. Amit Agrawal, Neonatology medical director.
The new addition will be built adjacent to Abrazo Arrowhead’s existing Level IIIA perinatal care center. Expansion construction preparations are underway with the project expected to be finished in late 2023.
Dr. Ravi Gunatilake, Maternal Fetal Medicine medical director, emphasized Abrazo Arrowhead provides outstanding care for high-risk mothers, and this significant investment will continue to advance the hospital’s ability to deliver excellent quality care and outcomes for patients.
Abrazo Arrowhead is already certified to care for premature infants as young as 28 weeks gestation. Pursuit of the Level IIIB NICU certification means the hospital will be capable of providing 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 our existing clinical staff and community OB/GYNs provide, as well as around-the-clock coverage with neonatal specialists, laborists and an OB emergency department,” said Bowman. “We are pleased to be adding more physician subspecialty coverage and capabilities to enhance the care we provide for expectant families.”
Hospital officials continue to enhance its clinical services in addition to women’s and infants care, including in heart and vascular, orthopedics, general surgery and more.