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Panama City, Fla. -

Gulf Coast Medical Center's brand new critical care wing includes a 20-bed intensive care unit, a pediatric intensive care unit, and the region's only level 3 neonatal intensive care unit or NICU.

Director of Children's Services Mindy Young gave News 13 a tour of the new facility.  The current level 2 NICU has 10 beds.  The new NICU will have 18.

Young says, "Level 3 NICU basically means that you are able to care for babies less than 1000 grams, which is a little over a pound, and you have more intense services because they require more being that premature."

The level 3 NICU is scheduled to open in the middle of the month.

"We'll have the ability to not only take care of the existing population, but babies that we're now having to potentially transport to other areas for higher level service we'll be able to keep those babies here," Young explains.

The NICU has specialized doctors and nurses, along with advanced equipment to help the babies thrive.

In the new unit, each family will have a private space with soundproof panels.  Each room will also have its own computer station for nurses and doctors.