Greenville & Washington County Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

The Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) cares for premature, underweight and/or sick babies requiring the highest level of care after birth. Infants who are born prematurely or are very sick at birth are at risk for delays in their early developmental skills, motor skills, physical strength and later learning abilities.

What Is the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit?

Newborn babies who need intensive medical attention are often admitted into a special area of the hospital called the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The NICU combines advanced technology and trained health care professionals to provide specialized care for the tiniest patients.

According to the March of Dimes, 1 out of 10 newborn babies will require care in a NICU. Giving birth to a sick or premature baby can be quite unexpected for any parent. Unfamiliar sights, sounds, and equipment in the NICU can be overwhelming. Information is provided to help you understand some of the problems of sick and premature babies. You will also find out about some of the procedures that may be needed for the care of your baby.

The members of the NICU team work together with parents to develop a plan of care for high-risk newborns. The Medical Center provides 24 hour premier care right here at home.