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Saints Foundation to renovate Level II Special Care Nursery in St. Francis Regional Medical Center’s Family Birth Place

Foundation news | Monday, April 17, 2023

Contact: Michael Morris

Saints Foundation announced plans to renovate St. Francis Regional Medical Center’s Level II Special Care Nursery (SCN), located within the hospital’s Family Birth Place.

To accommodate a 260 percent increase in the need for SCN services over the past year, the Foundation’s renovation will nearly double the size of the SCN while offering larger, more private spaces for parents to spend time with their newborns. To accommodate twins, two spaces will have the ability to expand.

A Level II SCN falls in the hierarchy of neonatal intensive care units (NICU), accommodating babies born in need of extra care or moderately premature after 32 weeks gestation. Babies in the SCN at St. Francis are cared for by a neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) from Children's Minnesota, a neonatologist, and nurses with specialized training in caring for ill or premature infants.

The SCN at St. Francis allows hospitalized infants and their parents to stay close to home and is crucial for bonding and breastfeeding. Without this specialized unit, infants requiring a higher level of care would be transferred to another facility, separating them from their mothers and families.

“The current open-bay unit design does not allow for the privacy that providers, staff and families need in caring for infants in the SCN,” explains Mark Bergeron, MD, neonatal medicine specialist at Children’s Minnesota Neonatology and medical director at St. Francis Level II Special Care Nursery. “To maintain privacy, discussions between families and the medical team inconveniently remove parents from their baby’s bedside, so we are excited the new nursery design will meet the community standard of other nurseries in the region in regard to convenience and privacy.”

The project will be financed through fundraising, as the Foundation aims to raise $500,000 from community and corporate donors. Funds are being raised now throughout 2023 and renovations are planned to begin in 2024.

To learn more about St. Francis Family Birth Place Level II Special Care Nursery renovation donation opportunities, call 952-428-2070 or visit saintsfoundation.org. To learn more about the Family Birth Place and the Special Care Nursery at St. Francis, visit stfrancis-shakopee.com/familybirthplace.

About Saints Foundation
Saints Foundation brings together the fundraising arms of two not-for-profit healthcare organizations St. Francis Regional Medical Center and Benedictine Living Community Shakopee: St Gertrude’s, The Gardens and Windermere Way. Saints Foundation secures financial resources and makes grants to St. Francis Regional Medical Center or Benedictine Living Community Shakopee. For more information visit saintsfoundation.org.

About St. Francis Regional Medical Center
St. Francis Regional Medical Center is owned by Allina Health, HealthPartners Park Nicollet and Essentia Health. This unique structure combines the caring and compassion of a community hospital with the advanced medical technology, specialties and expertise of industry-leading health systems. St. Francis provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency care services on a collaborative medical campus with more than 30 affiliated clinics and 450 providers in the community.