When you’re caring for 675 to 700 newborn patients each year, peace and quiet make a world of difference. And Covenant HealthCare’s Regional NICU made noise reduction a top priority in their recent $1 million renovation. As NICU manager LeeAnn Chadwick put it, “When you have hard floor tiles, hard laminate headwalls and hard metal tin-pan ceiling tiles, everything echoes. Sound is an issue for babies, so my primary focus was to get as much sound abatement as we could get.”
“My former co-manager, Dawn, and I became semi-project managers, along with our engineering folks,” says Chadwick. “We travelled to Hill-Rom, a provider of medical technologies and products, and, with staff members, our director and the Hill-Rom staff, designed the rooms ourselves with RoomBuilder® … At that time, I knew acoustic flooring needed to be in our NICU, as it addressed my biggest concern: sound abatement.”
Working now in the enhanced space she helped to create, Chadwick says, “On a day-to-day basis, our environment is quieter. All in all, we’re happy with the flooring and are thrilled with the added individualization our trademark bear has given the unit.”
To learn more, read our project brief about Covenant HealthCare’s Regional NICU.