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Construction to Begin on New NICU at Kadlec Regional Medical Center

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RICHLAND, Wash. - Construction will begin this week on the new and expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Kadlec Regional Medical Center.

Workers started mapping out the demolition process Tuesday morning. The new NICU will be five times bigger with more than 15,000 square feet of space.

While construction is underway a temporary NICU has been set up on the pediatric floor.

the hospital has stepped up, the community has stepped up, because they know it's important for the infants in this region to have the best care possible.  Patient care is going to be probably a little bit better because these rooms, actually with 2 beds in a room, are bigger than the current NICU space we have downstairs," said Kadlec Pediatrics and NICU Manager Kelly Harper.

The new NICU will include private rooms where families will be able to stay with their child while they're receiving care.

The ten million dollar project is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.