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The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) provides critical care to newborns who are ill or premature. Many factors may lead to a newborn being admitted to the NICU, including low birth weight or complications during delivery. The NICU staff works closely with parents to develop a treatment plan for their newborn.

Neonatal intensive care at St. Mark’s Hospital

Most babies admitted to the NICU are preterm, have low birth weight or have a health condition requiring special care. St. Mark’s Hospital's Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides comprehensive, critical care for premature and critically ill newborns.

We can provide a full range of respiratory support, including conventional ventilation, high-frequency ventilation, inhaled nitric oxide and advanced imaging, including MRIs, echocardiograms, and CT scans. NICU babies can stay from a few days up to a few months. Our team works with parents to create a care plan for each infant.

Intensive care for newborns

Neonatologists are doctors who specialize in caring for infants who are born too early or with medical complications. In addition to neonatologists, our NICU is staffed with nurses who monitor these infants 24/7. In fact, a strong bond often develops between our team, new mothers and their babies, with many of them still coming to visit us years later.

NICU specialists

Your newborn's care requires a multidisciplinary team approach involving healthcare professionals from several units. Our NICU care team is specially trained and ready to provide support, medical treatment and developmental care to fulfill your baby's needs.

NICU specialists at our hospitals include:

  • Case managers
  • Chaplains
  • Clinical supervisors
  • Dietitians
  • Lactation consultants
  • Neonatologists
  • NICU nurses
  • Occupational therapists
  • Pediatric ophthalmologists
  • Registered nurses
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Social workers
  • Unit managers

Advanced NICU technology

Our intensive care units' equipment for newborn babies may seem overwhelming. However, our neonatal staff will be there to answer any questions you may have about the advanced technologies we use, including:

  • Baby movement monitors
  • Body cooling systems
  • Brain monitors
  • Comprehensive ventilators
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy ventilators
  • Convertible "giraffe" beds
  • Digital echocardiogram
  • Hearing screeners
  • Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS)
  • Oscillating ventilators
  • Physiologic monitors
  • Radiant warmers
  • Syringe infusion pumps

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Alyssa Gibson

Alyssa and her husband, Stephen, live in Elko, Nevada, but after complications with her pregnancy, she turned to the maternal-fetal medicine team at St. Mark's Hospital.
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