SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — LewisGale Medical Center has broken ground on a state-of-the-art project that will bring a new Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to the Roanoke Valley.

The Hospital says it will feature six cribs with room for more if needed, and on-site board-certified neonatologists 24/7. The NICU will be set up to treat pre-term and full-term newborns with complications like breathing issues, infections, feeding issues, growth support, withdrawal support, temperature stabilization, and maternal health issues that require early delivery.

“Today’s long-awaited milestone underscores our commitment to maternal and fetal health, and to providing care for women and children throughout their lives,” said Alan Fabian, LewisGale Regional Health System market president. “Opening a NICU is another example of our pledge to expanding our women’s and children’s services to meet the needs of our growing community.”

(Photo courtesy: LewisGale Medical Center)

LewisGale Medical Center says the project costs 2.5 million dollars and will take approximately eight months to complete. An opening is planned for summer 2023.