Equipment

Specialized medical equipment to care for your infant.

NICU Terminology

You may hear our NICU team refer to the following terms when discussing your infant’s care

Procedures & Medications

What to expect

State of the art medical care for the newest member of your family

About the NICU

A state-of-the-art unit equipped with the latest advancements in medical technology, HSHS St. Vincent Children’s NICU ensures every baby gets the best possible start in life.

Our NICU is a 26 bed level III unit providing a quiet and soothing environment to promote healing, growth and development for every infant, from extremely premature infants to full term critically ill infants.

Each caregiver has completed special training in the care of newborn infants with special needs. The NICU’s highly experienced team of professionals includes neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists and developmental specialists who compassionately care for newborn infants born extremely premature, critically ill or needing surgical intervention. A neonatologist is always on site to attend difficult births and provide immediate diagnosis and specialized care.

Click here to view our NICU family guide – designed for parents with babies at HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital.

NICU Services

  • Transportation accompanied by our specially trained staff, of ill newborns from outlying area hospitals to HSHS St. Vincent Children’s NICU
  • 24/7 critical care for babies born too early, with low birth weights, congenital birth defects or other problems with a neonatologist and neonatologist nurse practitioner always on site
  • Developmental care specialists trained in interpreting infants’ behavioral cues and modifying their environment to meet special needs and foster proper development
  • A quiet and soothing environment that is conducive to healing, growth and development
  • Registered dietitian to provide the nutrition your infant needs for proper growth and development
  • Personal case managers to:
    • help parents understand baby's treatment plan, provide a listening ear and answer questions
    • arrange for assistance and direct families to community resources and supportive services, including helping parents find short-term housing if an extended stay is necessary

Continued services

  • Experienced pharmacists skilled in the preparation of special medications for babies
  • Complimentary, one-on-one lactation consulting available to mother’s during their breastfeeding journey
  • Live-in suite, enabling parents to spend a few nights prior to discharge alone with their baby at home with support of staff nearby
  • Chronic Lung Clinic to teach families how to use special equipment or dispense medication to their baby at home, as well as provide re-assessment of baby’s treatment plan shortly after discharge
  • Follow Up Clinic by a licensed occupational therapist to assess the neurodevelopment of former NICU babies and connect families with community resources when additional support is needed
  • The regions only total body cooling program available if the unexpected happens during delivery
  • Occupational Therapists trained in interpreting infants’ behavioral cues and modifying their environment to meet special needs and foster proper development

Child Life Can Help

If you have other children at home and you're concerned or have questions about how to talk to your child during your stay in the NICU or newborn unit, Child Life Specialists at HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital can help. They are trained to help siblings and families deal with hospital experiences. If you are interested in speaking or meeting with a Child Life Specialist, call 920-433-8641 or notify your child’s nurse or doctor.

HSHS St. Vincent Hospital Milk Depot and Dispensary

  • To help provide our tiniest patients with the best possible health, screened donor milk from a milk bank is available for newborns in our NICU.

  • Our milk depot and dispensary is also open to the public. Find out how and where to donate or buy breast milk.

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Discharge

Your infants’ care team will determine when it is safe for your infant to be discharged home. The goals your infant must reach are maintaining a normal temperature in an open crib, taking appropriate amounts of oral feedings, and be free of apneac events for a designated amount of time determined by your doctor.

Another item your infant may require prior to discharge is a car seat test. This test makes sure that your infant is safe to travel in a car seat. There may also be other goals not listed that your infant will need to meet before discharge. Each infant will meet their discharge goals at different times. There will be an ongoing discussion with your infants’ care team regarding discharge goals and readiness. ​

When your infant is approaching discharge you will have the option to room in with them in our live-in suite, which is located across the hall from the unit. This will allow you to provide all the care for your infant with the support of our staff nearby.