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$2 Million Donation Will Redesign Mercy's NICU

Mercy Hospital Springfield has announced that a local donor has made a two million dollar contribution. The two million dollar gift will be used to improve Mercy’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser has more.

According to a press release from Mercy, Bobby Allison made the contribution after touring the unit, which houses premature babies and infants in distress. The new NICU will allow each family to have their own room, and will double the number of available beds. Individual rooms will allow family members to watch over their babies. Each room will also have a sliding glass door, which will allow staff members to keep a constant watch over their patients. The new NICU will be named after Allison, and his mother. Allison is no stranger to making donations that benefit children; he previously sponsored a Junior Golf Course and a baseball field for children with disabilities.

For KSMU News, I’m Melanie Foehrweiser.