Baby Jahmari Williams, who was born in September 2009 weighing just one pound 12 ounces, and his mother Samantha Williams joined local officials, physicians, administrators and staff from The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) to celebrate the opening of a new, six-bed, state-of- the art PICU funded by The Brooklyn Hospital Foundation.“We are proud to open this state-of-the-art facility at a time when the children of Brooklyn face a severe shortage of pediatric intensive care beds,” says TBHC president and CEO Richard B. Becker, MD, who notes there are less than 30 PICU beds in all of Brooklyn. “This much needed facility permits us to offer the best possible care for children with serious medical conditions, while allowing their families to remain with them.”
Samantha Williams with her miracle baby Jahmari at the opening of TBHC’s PICU. Weighing only one pound 12 ounces at birth, the 13-month old is now a happy 16 pounder who babbles, blows bubbles and tries to stand up.
The PICU features six individual rooms that can accommodate a parent or family member, and a comfortable parent lounge. The self-contained unit is in proximity to the pediatrics department, and three dedicated pediatric intensivists and fully trained nurses offer round-the-clock, hands-on care for patients who range from infancy to 21 years of age.
According to Louisdon Pierre, MD, Director of Pediatric Critical Care at TBHC, the PICU features high-frequency ventilators and a variety of respiratory care and support, in addition to access to subspecialty services at TBHC, including hematology, oncology, cardiology, neurology pediatric infectious disease, gastroenterology, adolescent medicine, rheumatology, endocrinology and rheumatology.
Local officials, physicians, administrators and staff gather as Dr. Louisdon Pierre, Director of Pediatric Critical Care, cuts the ribbon for the opening of The Brooklyn Hospital Center’s new PICU.
“Not only does this facility offer the most advanced possible care, it permits children--who would otherwise have to travel to Manhattan or elsewhere—to remain close to home,” says Dr. Pierre. “This helps parents and other family members stay with their children when they are most needed.”
Jahmari Williams, who was born on September 26, 2009 at 24 weeks spent eight months in TBHC’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). He was transferred into TBHC’s PICU in May 2010 and finally went home in July 2010. Today, his mother describes Jahmari as a happy 13-month-old, 16 pounder, who babbles, blows bubbles and tries to stand up. Just yesterday, Jahmari returned to the TBHC PICU for a surgical evaluation, and Ms. Williams says he will be able to breathe totally on his own by Christmas.
“I am so happy to be here today with my little miracle fighter,” says Ms. Williams. “Jahmari and I spent a lot of time with the wonderful doctors and nurses at TBHC’s NICU and PICU where we received the best possible care close to our home. I’m very happy that other parents will be able to have top-notch care for their children in this comfortable new setting.”