UMC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Patients Move to New Diamond Children's Medical Center Building May 18

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 4:00am to 6:00am
Diamond Children's Medical CenterTUCSON, Ariz. – On Tuesday, May 18, the babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University Medical Center will be moved to the new Diamond Children’s Medical Center building.
Beginning at 4 a.m., the NICU patients will be transferred to Diamond Building 4 North.
“We move the patients early in the morning because it’s the time with the least amount of hospital activity, enabling us to schedule adequate staff to make the transfer happen smoothly and with the least amount of disruption,” says Lori Throne, RN, BC, MSN, director of Women’s and Children’s Services at UMC. “This process has taken months of careful planning and teamwork by the managers, nursing staff and physicians to ensure a smooth move for our patients to the new building,” says Throne.
This move is the second phase to transition all pediatric patients to Diamond Children’s. Phase 3 will take place on June 2, and will move patients from the existing PICU (pediatric intensive care unit) to the new building.
The official opening for Diamond Children’s Medical Center will be in September, once construction on the new lobby has been completed. “For now, families with children needing hospitalization will still enter through the UMC main lobby,” says Throne.
The University of Arizona, University Physicians Healthcare and University Medical Center work together to care for patients, educate medical students, train resident-physicians and conduct clinical and basic research.  The UA Steele Children’s Research Center and UMC are working together to build Diamond Children’s Medical Center (, now under construction and scheduled to open in 2010.  Diamond Children's will be Arizona’s only pediatric inpatient medical center connected to an academic research facility – the Steele Center (