Mary Ann Van Elslander NICU enhances environment for families

With the support of more than 600 donors, the Mary Ann Van Elslander Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Special Care Nursery at Ascension St. John Hospital was renovated and expanded to provide premature and critically ill infants with expert care in an enhanced environment with the latest technology.

Benefits of the new NICU

  • double the square footage of the former area
  • 32 private nurseries with additional space for multiples
  • overnight accommodations for family
  • state-of-the art equipment to better care for and foster growth and development of critically ill babies
  • reduced light and sound disturbances
  • enhanced privacy and safety

Enhancements were also made to the Special Care Nursery, including six spacious semi-private cubicles and two private rooms. In addition, an investment in technology was made including a state-of-the-art cardio-respiratory monitoring system, dual incubator/warmer beds, ventilators and a new infant security system.

Generous donors make NICU possible

More than $4 million in philanthropic support from over 600 associates, physicians, board and community members and a capital investment of $7 million from the health system made the Mary Ann Van Elslander Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Special Care Nursery possible. The Van Elslander Family Foundation made the exceptional lead gift, and the new area was named for Mary Ann Van Elslander for the family’s support and Mary Ann’s longtime volunteer commitment to the Special Care Nursery.

The Fontbonne Auxiliary made a generous gift to create the Fontbonne Auxiliary NICU Gallery, which showcases NICU “graduates” who are now thriving youngsters. It also depicts the NICU’s 40+ years of accomplishments, which make Ascension St. John Hospital an international leader in caring for critically ill and premature babies.

It’s easy to help

If you would like to support further technology needs in the NICU to aid in the development of more infants, please call 313-343-7481 or make an online gift.