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Neonatal Intensive Care Units

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is part of a network of Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU), including:
 

NICU at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is known for its outstanding clinical services, research programs, and medical education. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children’s Hospital, located on the 8th floor of the new 10-acre medical and research campus in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood, is just one shining example. This Level IV NICU has 28 rooms that provide breathtaking views of the Pittsburgh skyline while providing staff with the appropriate space and technology designed to care for newborns with the most complex surgical and medical conditions, including those infants requiring neonatal extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

 Each state-of-the-art patient room in the NICU offers:

  • Patient beds positioned in the center of the room with monitors and equipment placed on adjustable beams, which allow for 360-degree access to the patient at all times
  • Each room is equipped with a “digital dashboard” that displays, at all times, important and up-to-date patient information such as the vital signs, medications, radiology images, and laboratory test results.
  • Observation stations outside every room have a viewing window allowing the child to be monitored without disturbing families. This privacy also aids in infection control. Monitor alerts and alarms are linked to mobile communication devices carried by each member of the medical team.
  • Each room has a window, which allows for natural light to provide day/night cycles and to contribute to healing and peace of mind.
  • Private patient rooms offer overnight accommodations for one parent to remain by the bedside.

Neonatologists supervise around-the-clock care of these infants. A full complement of registered nurses, neonatal nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, and support staff provide each infant with the care that is needed while hospitalized. On-site consultation and expertise is provided by pediatric medicine and pediatric surgery subspecialists. These subspecialists contribute to the management of sick neonates with complex medical conditions including multiple congenital anomalies, infants who require surgical procedures, including cardiac surgery, and those infants transferred for evaluation for organ transplantation.

Specialists in all fields of pediatrics and pediatric surgery work together in multidisciplinary teams to provide the best possible care for each patient. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC embraces the philosophy of family-centered care and focuses on the needs of the entire family as well as the developmental needs of the infant.

Contact Information for the NICU at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC 

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NICU at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC is the region's premier provider of obstetric and neonatal care with more than 10,000 births occurring each year. The hospital also serves as the regional referral center for high-risk maternal care and fetal therapy, providing physicians and hospitals with access to the highest level of resources. Specialists in neonatology, pediatrics, surgery, genetics, ultrasound, and maternal-fetal medicine work together in multidisciplinary teams to provide the best possible care for each patient.

The Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Magee-Womens treats more than 1,500 critically ill newborns annually. An attending neonatologist is present in the NICU at all times in order to supervise patient care. The NICU is equipped with a total of 71 beds, including 48 private rooms. These private rooms enable the NICU to fully embrace Magee's family-centered care philosophy and allow families to participate in the many aspects of their child's care.

Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC NICU contact information.

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NICU at UPMC Mercy

The 13-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at UPMC Mercy cares for critically ill infants born at UPMC Mercy and from community hospitals throughout the tristate area. Extremely low birth weight premature infants up to full-term infants are cared for in this state-of-the-art facility, which is staffed 24 hours a day by neonatologists, pediatric hospitalists, neonatal nurse practitioners, and neonatal-experienced registered nurses. The NICU is able to provide the same technologically advanced therapies as other NICUs throughout UPMC, including full ventilatory support capabilities and inhaled nitric oxide therapy. Infants needing pediatric subspecialty evaluation or pediatric surgical treatment have access to the locally and nationally recognized top doctors at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. At UPMC Mercy, family-centered care means an individualized approach to each patient and his or her family. Support staff and services are readily available to the family including lactation specialist to support and encourage breastfeeding in mothers.

UPMC Mercy NICU contact information.

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NICU at UPMC Hamot 

The UPMC Hamot Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), located in the UPMC Hamot Women’s Hospital, is a 24-bed Level III facility that serves the specialized needs of high-risk infants. The NICU staff focuses on delivering a high level of clinical expertise in a family-centered and developmentally sensitive atmosphere. Antenatal and neonatal transport services, high-frequency ventilation and inhaled nitric oxide therapies are all available at this location. Infants requiring pediatric subspecialty evaluation or pediatric surgical treatment are transported from here to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. The NICU at UPMC Hamot is an active member of the Vermont Oxford Neonatal Network and has recently developed a Neonatal Developmental Follow-up Program. Premature babies, as well as babies with intensive medical problems, are cared for 24 hours a day by neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, and registered nurses.

UPMC Hamot NICU contact information.

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Transitional Care Unit (TIC) at The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center

The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh was founded in 1984 as Transitional Infant Care Hospital, or TIC. This special infant program was designed to help parents of babies who were born premature or with medical conditions that necessitated a stay in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh also offers special programs for parents of full-term infants who may be receiving intravenous antibiotics or weaning from medications that make hospitalization necessary but that don’t require a prolonged stay in a NICU. The Children’s Home also offers special services for babies receiving hospice care. All parents and siblings are welcome to stay overnight and to fully participate in the care of their infant and utilize all the services that The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh offers. Please visit The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center for more information.

The Children's Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center, The Transitional Infant Care Unit contact information.

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Last Update
February 3, 2014
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