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Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU)


 

The skilled, compassionate teams in the neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican provide extra care and attention for premature or critically ill babies. When a child is in the NICU, it can be a difficult time for parents and families. However, you can feel reassured knowing your baby is in the best hands.

 

If, prior to your baby's birth, your physician indicates your baby may need NICU attention and you would like a tour of either of the St. Rose Dominican NICU's, please call us at 702.616.5223 for Siena's Level III NICU and 702.492.8709 for San Martin's Level II NICU.  

Level II and Level III NICUs at St. Rose Dominican: What Do They Mean For You?

We are here to support you - the parents - during your baby's stay in the NICU. We will explain treatment options and answer any questions you have. Find a St. Rose doctor.

Our San Martín Campus has a Level II NICU, and our Siena Campus has a Level III NICU, the highest designation. The level numbers of NICUs indicate the type of care our staff can provide for premature or critically ill newborns. The care your baby needs, and the NICU level he or she will need, depends on a few factors:

  • Severity of the condition your baby is born with

  • Your baby's gestational age (the number of weeks pregnant the mother was at the time of birth)

We can coordinate transfers between our two NICUs, depending on the level of care your baby needs. Here's a quick guide to understanding NICUs:

  • Level III NICUs care for those babies who need the most advanced treatments. At St. Rose Dominican,
    we are able to care for critically ill newborns who are premature or who have:
    • Problems with breathing
    • Heart conditions
    • Birth defects

  • Level II NICUs care for babies who are:

    • Born at more than 32 weeks gestation
    • Recovering from more serious conditions

We may refer to a Level II NICU as a "transitional nursery" or "step-down unit." A Level II NICU often provides care for babies who were receiving treatment at a Level III NICU but who no longer need the highest level of care.

Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican's Siena and San Martín Campuses have Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) to care for our tiniest patients. Our video tour of the NICU will help new parents and caregivers become acquainted with the unit, as well as the processes and equipment used in the care of your baby.

Level III NICU at St. Rose Dominican, Siena Campus

Our modern, comfortable Level III NICU at the Siena Campus features 26 NICU bays with the most advanced technology, such as self-contained, versatile infant beds and sophisticated monitoring equipment. We monitor sick and/or premature newborns while providing a full range of neonatal treatment for infants who need extra care.

Features of our Level III NICU include:

  • Team of specialists. Our team is available 24/7, including:
    • On-site, board-certified neonatal physicians (certified through the American Board of
      Pediatrics-Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine or American Board of Osteopathic Pediatrics-Neonatology)
    • Neonatal nurses, physical, speech-language and occupational therapists

  • Neonatal transport team. We coordinate transfers to and from our NICUs, keeping our small patients safe and comfortable.

  • Advanced neonatal technology. Our unit features self-contained Giraffe OmniBeds. These are versatile infant beds that
    provide emergency access and can convert to a protective, quiet environment, allowing your baby to grow and develop.

  • Comprehensive discharge preparation. In our nesting suite, parents and caregivers can practice the skills they need
    before they leave the hospital.

  • Private lactation room. This room provides new mothers with a comfortable, quiet setting so they can learn to breastfeed or pump milk.

Level II NICU at St. Rose Dominican, San Martín Campus

Premature and critically ill newborns can receive comprehensive, compassionate care at the San Martin Campus. Our Level II NICU provides care for infants born at 32 weeks or more who require advanced care. Our NICU features board-certified neonatal physicians (certified through the American Board of Pediatrics-Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine or American Board of Osteopathic Pediatrics-Neonatology) who tend to our infants 24 hours a day and advanced monitoring technology that allows our team to access vital information about your infants at all times. 

We care for babies who need:

  • Monitoring for apnea spells (pauses in breathing)

  • Intravenous (IV) lines for special medications

  • An incubator or other assistance to maintain body temperature

  • Feeding assistance (for example, tube feedings or special help with bottle or breast feeding)

Transitioning from a Level III to a Level II NICU

We coordinate transfers between the two St. Rose Dominican NICUs. Some newborns may start out needing the higher level of care available at our Level III NICU. Then, as they improve, they can move to our Level II NICU. Our NICU teams are in constant communication with each other, so when your baby is ready to transfer, you can feel confident that his or her care will remain smooth and uninterrupted.

Contact Us

Find a St. Rose doctor. For information, call us at 702.616.4900.