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Our Intensive and Special Care Nurseries
With more than 190 beds dedicated to the care of newborns, Nationwide Children's Hospital provides the most comprehensive care for newborns in the region. Our Level III Newborn Intensive Care Units (NICU) and our Newborn Special Care Units (NSCU) specialize in the management of babies with complex birth defects, severe prematurity and complications of pregnancy, labor and delivery. We have partnered with local adult hospitals to extend Children’s intensive and specialized care to Riverside Methodist Hospital, Grant Medical Center, Doctors Hospital, Dublin Methodist Hospital and Mount Carmel St. Ann's. Having our units directly within these adult care labor and delivery hospitals enables us to provide immediate attention to newborns in need of critical care.
Our units offer individualized and environmentally supported family-centered care to meet all the needs of the baby and his/her parents. Our main campus J4 NICU is designed in pods to address the acute management of babies requiring the intervention of ECMO, nitric oxide and surgery, as well as babies who have extremely low birth weight (ELBW). Our C4 NICU manages babies in a private room environment to support the complexity of BPD, chronic feeding disorders and surgical conditions. To further address the spectrum of complex needs, we are currently designing an additional private room unit to support convalescing babies.
Children’s NICUs at Riverside and Mount Carmel St. Ann's provide interventional support to babies in the delivery room. The acute medical management continues in a family-centered environment designed as a combination of single rooms and pods that allow for decreased stimulation to the baby and privacy for the family. Children’s NSCUs at Grant, Doctors and Dublin Methodist are open environments that encourage the partnership of the family and staff to meet the special needs of premature and moderately ill babies.
Our program recognizes the symbiotic relationships of environmental design, family centered partnerships, interdisciplinary team interaction, evidence-based practice, research and continuous quality improvement in the delivery of optimal outcomes for babies.
Nationwide Children's Intensive and Special Care Nurseries
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Grant Medical Center
Mount Carmel St. Ann's Hospital
Dublin Methodist Hospital
Riverside Methodist Hospital
Nationwide Children's is leading the country in the design and development of newborn intensive care units with the creation of our newest NICU. Children’s neonatology leadership participates on a national advisory board helping to develop design standards to meet the greatest needs of developing babies and their families. As one of only two units nationally to incorporate these standards into its design, Children’s C4 NICU not only added an additional 28 infant spaces, but was specifically designed to facilitate the sensory development of premature babies by including:
Large open windows to allow for visual development by light cycling premature babies
Private rooms with more space to accommodate OT/PT sessions
In addition, these rooms allow for families to stay with their infants and better prepare for the transition home
Considering some premature infants can stay in the NICU for 18 months and longer, our new rooms allow families to experience a sense of privacy. These rooms help families foster closer relationships with their children and allow them to expose their babies to some of the daily culture and traditions they would experience at home. The combination of all of these benefits helps reduce the overall “catch-up” time that many premature babies experience.
These key additions to our already state-of-the-art facility illustrates Nationwide Children's continued commitment to family-centered care and providing the most comprehensive intensive care services possible.
Due to high numbers of influenza (flu) and RSV cases, we are limiting visitors at this time. Please help us protect our patients, families and staff by following these guidelines:
No visitors other than parents, grandparents and siblings over the age of 12.
All visitors should be feeling well. (No fever, cough or cold.)
If you feel sick with a fever, cough or cold and must be here with a patient, please let your nurse know. We can help you take precautions to protect your child.
If you have any questions, please ask your caregiver. For more information, visit www.NationwideChildrens.org/flu.