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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

  • The Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Providence is designed to provide highly specialized care for critically ill babies regardless of birth weight, gestational age, or place of birth. Approximately 15 percent of our admitted babies are either transferred from surrounding hospitals or admitted from home at less than one month of age. The NICU provides some of the most advanced equipment and strategies of care available today for diagnosing and treating critically ill newborns.

    Many of our NICU babies are placed in innovative bassinets called Giraffes. The Giraffe significantly reduces the need to transfer infants because it can be used as an open table warmer when the infant needs maximum accessibility, and can be converted into an incubator/isolette at the touch of a button. This high-tech functionality eliminates the need to move fragile infants from one piece of equipment to another, reducing stress and potential harm.

    The Giraffe:

    • Provides a temperature controlled environment
    • Blocks outside light and sound
    • Weighs the baby
    • Rotates 360 degrees
    • Provides a setting where surgery can be conducted, if necessary

    Family Centered Care
    Our entire neonatal team works closely with parents in a supportive environment to determine what the most appropriate course of treatment will be for their baby. We also acknowledge and respect each family's cultural needs and preferences by providing personalized care.

    In addition to the intensive medical care we provide, Providence NICU team encourages parents to be involved in all aspects of their newborn's care, such as holding, feeding, changing diapers and bathing as their baby's condition improves. Parents and caregivers have 24-hour access to their baby.