BOCA RATON, Fla. -- West Boca Medical Center, one of the area's leading pediatric medical providers, celebrated its growth with a novel groundbreaking.
Some former patients of West Boca's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) toted ceremonial shovels and performed the honors to officially mark construction on a four-story addition that will expand the medical center's NICU services, as well as other areas.
The centerpiece of the new structure will be 10 state-of-the-art NICU beds housed on the first floor, increasing the facility's capacity from 24 to 34 beds. The 3,200-square-foot NICU addition will further expand West Boca Medical Center's capacity to provide services to premature and at-risk infants.
West Boca's NICU holds the only Level III designation in North Broward County and Boca Raton, the highest-level rating offered by the state. "We have always been known for being one of the top institutions in South Florida for treating the most vulnerable newborns, and now with this expansion, we'll be able to provide more service and save even more lives," said Walter Mickens, CEO of West Boca Medical Center.
The complete addition will contain 8,600 square feet, and three additional floors that will house the Pharmacy and Physical Therapy Centers. Speakers included Mickens, FAU President Frank Brogan, Tony Manganello (father of a NICU graduate), and Shanna St. John from the March of Dimes.
ABOUT WEST BOCA MEDICAL CENTER
West Boca Medical Center, part of Tenet South Florida, is a 185-bed acute care hospital located at 21644 State Road 7 in Boca Raton, Florida. The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the community and surrounding areas for over 20 years.
West Boca Medical Center offers a broad array of services, including general medical and surgical care, cardiac and surgical intensive care, outpatient surgery services, 24-hour emergency services for adults and children, diabetes education, a cystic fibrosis program for adults and children, outpatient rehabilitation services and a sleep diagnostic center.
The hospital also offers several specialties, including a level III neonatal intensive care unit, the BirthCare Pavilion, a pediatric unit and a pediatric intensive care unit. It is also a recipient of the HealthGrades® Maternity Care Excellence Award two years in a row (2006/2007 and 2007/2008).
HealthGrades ranks West Boca's maternity program among the top 5% five percent in the nation. West Boca Medical Center is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation's oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.
For more information about West Boca Medical Center or for physician referral, call 866-904-WBMC (9262)