Visiting Policy

 

Parents and grandparents with special ID wrist bands may visit any time, day or night. Brothers and sisters, ages two and older, may visit with a parent.

Parents may bring other visitors 16 years and older to visit their baby. A parent must remain with these visitors at all times.


Beyond the NICU

 

Beyond the NICU is a pre-term infant home care nursing program to help premature babies and their families make a smooth transition from the hospital to home in both the Springfield and Decatur areas. A specially trained nurse meets with eligible parents in the hospital before discharge and then visits the home regularly for the next 18 months to monitor the child’s health and development, assist with resource needs, such as child care, food and diapers, and help coordinate follow-up care with doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. 

 

NICU Graduate Program

 

The NICU Graduate Program is a medical follow-up clinic for infants who had a complicated course of treatment while in the NICU and may require oxygen, tracheostomy tubes, feeding tubes or other special equipment at home.

Children coming to the NICU Graduate Program can expect to see a neonatologist, a registered nurse and a registered dietitian. This clinic is free of charge.


NICU Follow-Up & Developmental Continuity Clinics

 

These are free, developmental clinics for NICU graduates. St. John's staff members monitor the development of these children for three years to look for delays in development (language, social skills, intellect and fine and gross motor skills). If there are concerns, NICU staff members refer parents to services that can help the child be his or her best.

 

Mizeur's Story

 

The Mizeurs knew HSHS St. John’s Hospital provides a higher level of care for moms and babies. So, they delivered their daughter Kinsley at St. John’s. “They were loving and warm. I felt like they were my friends, not nurses. They cared.”

Cuddling Team

 

Volunteers spend time cuddling and reading to the babies in the neonatal intensive care unit in HSHS St. John's Children's Hospital.