Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Expansion 
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital 
Tuesday, 25 September 2007 
Groundbreaking of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit expansion held on September 25, 2007. 
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is proud to announce the expansion of its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) as part of a development project to meet the growing health care needs of the community. Construction is expected to begin in October 2007 and is anticipated to last for nine months.

The new NICU will increase the number of special care nursery beds to fifteen, including two isolation rooms and one private room. It will also include ten continuing care beds, with two being private rooms.

Expansion of the NICU will add two private sleep rooms for parents featuring comfortable accommodations, modern décor and flat screen televisions with “on-demand” features such as premium movies, information on hospital services and limited Internet access. The NICU will be a controlled access department designed to ensure the safety and privacy of newborn patients and their families.

“The expansion of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is an important step in improving access to convenient, quality care for the families of Cy-Fair,” says Terry Wheeler, chief executive officer of Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “The NICU is one of many new services developed by Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital to meet the needs of the growing community, allowing them to stay close to home for quality health care. Advanced neonatal services, award-winning maternity care, open heart surgery and rapid stroke response are just a few of the ways that we are dedicated to caring for this community.”

Neonatal intensive care is currently offered in the hospital's Special Care Newborn Nursery and a neonatologist is available 24 hours a day. Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital has been recognized with a 5-Star rating for clinical excellence in maternity care for 4 years in a row (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) from HealthGrades, a leading source for independent health care quality information. The new NICU will allow the hospital to continue to provide quality, advanced health care tailored to the specific needs of neonatal patients and to handle difficult neonatal emergencies.

In addition to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the project will include a new entrance to the hospital with a modern facade, lobby, registration desk, gift shop, additional seating for patients and visitors, and two flat screen televisions.

For more information on the NICU, please visit This Web site will be updated with photos and information regarding the construction progress.