Newborn Intensive Care

The Tri-State's NICU Specialists

When it comes to caring for the tiniest and sickest babies, experience is everything. The Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Mary's Hospital for Women & Children has served our community for more than 30 years and was the first Level III NICU in the Tri-State.

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.

Services

Our comprehensive, cutting-edge NICU services include:

  • 24/7, on-site coverage by experienced, local neonatologists
  • The Tri-State’s first specialty transport teams for expectant mothers and newborns
  • The Tri-State's first hospital to provide inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) therapy, an innovative therapy for infants in respiratory failure.
  • The Tri-State's first hospital to provide therapeutic hypothermia treatment
  • 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
  • Several types of ventilation for babies with respiratory problems

Our Team

At St. Mary's, an experienced neonatologist is always in charge of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and provides direction for the NICU team. A neonatologist is a pediatrician with specialized training in the care of high-risk babies - those born prematurely and/or with potentially serious medical problems. These physicians are fellowship-trained and board-certified in Neonatology.

At least one neonatologist is present in the hospital 24/7/365.

Babies are cared for by specially trained:

  • registered nurses
  • respiratory therapists
  • physical therapists
  • occupational therapists
  • speech therapists
  • lactation consultants
  • social workers
  • discharge planners

Your family's spiritual needs are also of great importance to us. Our pastoral care staff is available any time day or night.

Parent Care & Accommodations

Evansville's Ronald McDonald House is located adjacent to St. Mary's campus to provide a "home away from home" for the families with critically ill or injured children.

St. Mary's provides rooms designed for parents and babies to stay together just before discharge. This allows parents to become comfortable caring for the newest members of their families and attending to any special needs, with the reassurance of knowing the NICU staff is nearby, before taking their babies home.

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