Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Every expectant mother hopes for a safe and uneventful delivery, but sometimes a newborn, especially one born too early, will need special care. St. Vincent’s Riverside and Southside are each home to Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Units to provide care for your baby until they are able to come home.
The NICU at St. Vincent's Medical Center Riverside is staffed by a diverse professional team. Neonatologists direct and supervise your baby's care. These are physicians, specialized in the needs of ill and premature babies, who work with a team of neonatal nurse practitioners and physician assistants. A member of this team is always available to respond to any medical situation your baby may experience.
Your baby's NICU team also includes:
- NICU nurses
- Respiratory therapists
- Physical therapists
- Speech therapists
- Social workers
One or more of the therapists may be involved in your baby's care. They evaluate your baby to assess things such as muscle tone, strengthand reflexes. Your baby's therapist(s) will work closely with you, teach you about your baby's needs and answer your questions.
St. Vincent’s Medical Center Southside is home to Northeast Florida’s first, all-private Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The NICU suites are designed to provide parents and their premature infants’ comfort in a private, quiet setting.
Research has shown the single-room model of infant care in the NICU decreases complications, improves weight gain and shortens the hospital stay for these tiny infants. The single-room model offers a quieter environment with lower light exposure. Each NICU suite has a comfortable sofa bed and recliner so parents can sleep in the room.
The private room setting offers a variety of other benefits that include:
- Twin and Triplet Suites for multiples
- Mini Fridges
- Breast Milk Warmers
- Desk and Wireless Internet
- Nearby shower facility
- Comfort Room for reading and reflection
- Family Waiting Area
The all-private room NICU in the Family Birth Place was made possible because of a generous gift by Mary Virginia Terry.