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NICU Program

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Team

  • Specially trained nurses with more than 500+ years combined experience
  • Registered nurses with advanced certifications in neonatal care
  • Dedicated neonatologists with advanced knowledge of treating premature and sick infants 

Donor Milk Program

  • The first and only NICU in Southeast Texas to offer human donor breast milk for preterm and low birth weight infants in the system’s care

Neonatal Transport Team

  • Thoroughly trained nurses and respiratory therapists provide ground transportation for critically ill infants in need of more care than their delivering hospital can accommodate
  • Specially equipped ambulances provide neonatal transport from all hospitals in Southeast Texas to St. Elizabeth

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit State-of-the-Art Equipment

  • Includes 14 beds with each bedside providing larger footprint to foster Family-Centered Care and increased privacy for each newborn
  • Giraffe Omnibeds boasts a full-featured incubator and radiant warmer in one to help reduce infant stress and provide easier access for nurses to care for newborns
  • High frequency ventilators for treating neonates in respiratory failure
  • RetCam provides wide angle retinal imaging for screening visual impairments in very premature infants
  • Physicians and nurses are able to monitor each newborn from one central monitor at the main nursing station

Family-Centered Care

  • Unlimited parental presence with family, siblings and extended family
  • Includes three private rooms and a ‘Rooming-In’ room that families can utilize prior to discharge
  • NICU babies depart for home with special onesies donated by Cardinal Impressions and Dr. Lauree Thompson, NICU Medical Director and Board-Certified Neonatologist