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 By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

December 3, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  The hospital has applied to add a total of eight beds in the Neonatal intensive care unit.  

The number of babies in the unit varies from month to month, at times rising to more than 30 babies at one time.

That's why Phoebe wants to expand to 30 beds. "We have a responsibility to take the patients and we have just accommodated that by a situation more crowded than it should be, than we're comfortable with and that's why we need to expand that capacity," said Phoebe Board Attorney Tommy Chambless. 

For the past six years, NICU has consistently operated at well over 100 percent.

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