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 healthcare professionals to provide specialized care for the tiniest patients. Our NICU have intermediate or continuing care areas for babies who are not as sick but do need specialized nursing care.

The arrival of your baby is a joyful and exciting time, one of your familys most important life events. When a newborn baby needs special care, it can be an emotional and challenging time for new parents. At PSHM, we are proud to offer a NICU that offers specialized services for newborns in need of additional care.

The NICU provides access to advanced equipment and resources in an environment that supports and strengthens your babys delicate immune system. The NICU offers an optimal environment for maintaining a babys proper body temperature, or delivering sufficient nourishment to help build little muscles and strengthen vital organs in those first few days after birth.

Compassionate, professional care

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at PSHM provides comprehensive care of sick newborn infants using multidisciplinary team approach. Experienced nurses, neonatal nurse practitioners physician assistants and pediatric physicians provide round-the-clock care under close supervision of board-certified/qualified neonatologists.

Your babys Length of stay in the NICU

The length of time your baby will stay in the NICU is determined by the nature of care he or she needs. While PSHM team of specially trained nurses will deliver babys day to day care, the most important person involved in your babys treatment is you. In addition to medical care, bonding time with parents is important for your new baby. Talk with your doctor to learn what is best for your baby and how you can participate in his or her care. Sometimes, being held close and cuddled is the best medicine for a baby and who better to do this than a parent.

Visiting / Viewing

PSHM strives to provide high quality care for your baby and for the rest of your family. Our facilities are designed to put parents and family members at ease and provide a comfortable environment while visiting. Please be aware of the following guidelines to help keep your babys environment safe and secure:

- Our NICU is open 24 hours a day, but viewing hours is only 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 4:00pm to 6:00 p.m. so we can complete assessments and allow for shift changes.

- To access the NICU, please come to the third floor and use the bell switch beside the NICU main door to contact our staff. A member of the NICU staff will clear your visit and admit you to the nursery. We ask that you avoid knocking on the nursery door to minimize potential disturbances for the babies.

- If you are still a patient in our hospital, call the NICU from your room and notify your postpartum nurse so they can assist you.

- Visitors must wash their hands and arms up to the elbows before each visit and wear a gown into the NICU. Antibacterial hand cleanser is provided in the NICU for subsequent hand-washing during each visit. If you are sick, you will be required to wear gloves or a mask. We encourage you to wait until you are well to visit the NICU.






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