NICU (Newborn ICU)

If the unexpected happens
Every woman hopes for a healthy pregnancy. But if challenges arise for baby, you can take comfort knowing HSHS St. Vincent Children's Hospital’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is immediately available just steps away. This unit provides care for infants born too early, with low birth weights, with congenital birth defects or with other problems.
HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was the first NICU in the state to receive Level III rating and one of only two in Northeast Wisconsin.

About the NICU

Level III designation is reserved only for the few NICU’s that meet strict criteria for delicate infant care. 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.
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, 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.

What does the HSHS St. Vincent Children’s NICU offer?

  • Transportation aboard Eagle III helicopter, or via ambulance accompanied by our specially trained staff, of ill newborns from outlying area hospitals to HSHS St. Vincent Children’s NICU
  • 24/7 care for babies born too early, with low birth weights, congenital birth defects or other problems
  • On-site neonatal surgery including brain, vascular, abdominal and retina
  • 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
  • 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
  • Experienced pharmacists skilled in the preparation of special medications for babies
  • Complimentary, one-on-one lactation consulting
  • 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
  • We are dedicated to providing you with the information you need after you return home with your newborn. Click here for a variety of resources to help you care for the newest member of your family.
To learn more about the NICU, or to schedule a tour, call (920) 433-8329.
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