(Sioux Falls, SD) Sanford Children’s Neonatologist, Dennis C. Stevens, MS, MD, will once again be recognized internationally for his extensive and industry leading research with the Boekelheide Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Sanford Children’s Hospital. Dr. Stevens will present his “Environmental Research Program” at The 22nd Annual Gravens Conference on the Physicial and Developmental Environment of the High Risk Infant on January 22 in Clearwater, FL. This represents the third consecutive year in which Dr. Stevens has presented abstracts from his research studying the impact of the state-of-the-art design of the Boekelheide NICU at Sanford Children’s Hospital.
The Gravens Conference is an integral part of a much larger movement whose ultimate goal is to optimize infant physical, psychological and developmental outcomes. As part of the process, the conference seeks to bring the latest research on physical science, design science and behavioral science to attendees. The conference also plays a significant role in the development of “Design Standards & Guidelines for NICU” as published by American Institute of Architects and American Academy of Pediatrics.
“Alterations in physical design and care practices in hundreds of NICUs worldwide have been the result of this internationally known conference, and we are honored Dr. Stevens and his research continue to shape NICU practices around the globe,” stated H. Eugene Hoyme, MD, Chief Pediatric Officer, Sanford USD Medical Center.
A sampling of the areas of impact in the research study at Sanford Children’s Hospital, including the difference in noise levels for babies in the NICU and its effect on development, parent satisfaction and staffing patterns, will be the focus of the abstracts presented by Dr. Stevens.
The Boekelheide NICU at Sanford Children’s Hospital provides the only Level III care NICU with individual patient rooms in the region and has a neonatologist on-site 24/7. Some of the environmental features in this 45 family suite and 58 bed NICU include indirect lighting, noise minimizing alarms, 32 Giraffe® OmniBeds® which provide a temperature controlled environment for infants, and an environment focused on supporting parents, complete with a sofa bed in the family suite so parents may sleep next to their babies.
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