The neonatal intensive care unit at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital will be undergoing an expansion to grow the number of beds that can accommodate the hospital’s tiniest, most vulnerable patients.
To accommodate the need for additional inpatient beds and associated clinical services, UF Health is expanding its campus with the addition of two specialized hospitals, focused on neuromedicine and heart and vascular care.
Arden was born prematurely at 32 weeks, becoming extremely ill at just 6 weeks old. Doctors in the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit discovered that her heart had grown to take up 75 percent of her chest cavity and was crushing her lungs.
Xtraordinary Joy! founder Amy Meacham, M.S., a researcher in the division of hematology and oncology, presented the UF College of Medicine with a check for $30,000 for continued research on rare genetic disorders.