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Dec 11, 2009 2:49 PM by Carina Corral

Federal funds to help build NICU in Santa Maria

Premature babies and high-risk newborns are a step closer to getting the care they need in Santa Maria.
Congresswoman Lois Capps announced yesterday she helped to secure $500,000 for the creation of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Marian Medical Center.
The NICU will allow mothers and their babies to remain in the community.
It will also save time and money that would otherwise be spent transferring them to other hospitals.
The funds will come from the Consolidated Appropriations Act. The measure, which was approved in the House of Representatives yesterday by a vote of 220 to 201 (with 1 member voting Present), provides federal funding for critical federal infrastructure, law enforcement, environmental protection, healthcare, education, and military and veterans programs.
The funding bill will help several local programs in both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

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