The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Alexian Brothers Women & Children's Hospital, located on the campus of St. Alexius Medical Center, is a state designated Level III facility that combines advanced technology and treatments with expert care for critically ill babies. We understand that having a baby prematurely or requiring specialized care can be overwhelming and unexpected. Our NICU staff is committed to providing you and your baby with a family-centered compassionate approach to comprehensive highly specialized medical and surgical care.
Our Philosophy in Partnering with Families
Our NICU believes that partnering with families in the care of their baby is essential for better outcomes. As partners, we want to create an environment that promotes parent participation in care giving and decision-making. Because of our commitment to your role as a parent in providing safe, quality care, you are welcome to be with your baby 24 hours a day. We encourage your presence during daily medical team rounds and nurse shift change so you are able to hear the latest updates and participate in your baby’s plan of care. For babies with long stays in the NICU, Care Conferences are held to review your baby’s progress and plans for going home. Care Conferences include members of the NICU team and anyone you wish to attend, typically someone who will be helping you care for your baby. We respect your role as a parent and our goal is to help you and your baby every step of the way and prepare for the journey home.
NICU Follow-up Clinic
The NICU Follow-up Clinic is available for babies who need developmental follow-up after going home from the NICU. Our team includes a neonatologist, occupational and speech therapists and a developmental therapist to assess your babies growth and development. Referrals for additional services, such as nutritional counseling, pulmonology and community services are also available for you and your baby. Contact us at 847-490-4222.