Newborns at HCMC get a new ride


Thelma Lee and Ziya

Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) recently welcomed a special delivery of 60 brand new bassinets for its newest patients. HCMC is the first hospital in the Twin Cities to carry the Nära Bassinet made by Stryker (“Nära” means “near” in Swedish), with features that are designed to keep moms and babies as close as possible.

The hospital’s 10-15-year-old bassinets were replaced thanks to a grant from Hennepin Health Foundation to encourage a safe, close postpartum bonding experience between moms and newborns.

“The height of the bassinet can be adjusted, and it has safety and storage features that make this a great choice for our patients,” explains Noah Pardo, RN, nurse manager of NICU/PICU/Pediatrics at HCMC. “Moms are really appreciating the ergonomic properties and simple design.”

New moms like Thelma Lee agree.

“They are so nice,” she commented when baby Ziya was the first newborn to check out the new bassinet.

Its soft-edge tilting basket that’s secured to the base of the bassinet provides access and visibility to the infant for not only mom – but caregivers as well. The convenient storage drawers beneath the basket stay in place when turning. The steer-locking, soft-wheel casters keep the baby rolling smoothly and quietly.

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“Mom’s arms are the most comforting, secure place for our newborns, and these bassinets are the safest way to get them there. We’re so pleased to offer the latest technology for whom no one can disagree – are our cutest patients,” said Pardo.