Newborn Intensive Care (NICU)
Neonatal nurseries have three different levels of care:
Level I - consists of caring for healthy newborns.
Level II - provides intermediate or special care for premature or ill newborns. At this level, infants may need special therapy provided by nursing staff or may simply need more time before being discharged
Level III - The neonatal intensive care (NICU) treats newborns who canot be treated in the other levels and are in need of high technology to survive.
When it comes to caring for the tiniest and sickest babies, experience is everything. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Mary's Hospital for Women & Children in Evansville, Indiana has served our community for more than 32 years - and was the first Level III Nursery in the Tri-State.
The Tri-State's NICU Specialists
St. Mary's specially trained NICU team can care for babies born weighing less than one pound. Our tiniest NICU graduate weighed 10.9 ounces at birth (the weight of a can of soup), was 9 inches long and is now enjoying life at home with her family.
Overall, our NICU's neonatal survival outcomes are higher than the national average. Babies born four months early at St. Mary's have an 81% chance of survival. Babies born three months early have a 98% chance of survival.
Our comprehensive, cutting-edge NICU services include:
- 24/7, on-site coverage by experienced, local neonatologists
- The tri-state area's first and only emergency transport team for expectant mothers and newborns
- The area's only hospital that offers inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) therapy, an innovative therapy for infants in respiratory failure.
- Care of common surgical problems such as GI obstruction and hernias so you don't have to go out of town to get the care your child needs
- Laser eye surgery and other surgical procedures are performed right in the NICU, reducing the need to transport fragile babies on ventilators to another area of the hospital
- Several types of ventilation for babies with respiratory problems
Learn More About the NICU at St. Mary's
For more information about our world-class NICU, and all of St. Mary's comprehensive women's services, please call (812) 485-4968.