NEONATAL Intensive CAre unit
The Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NNICU) at Parkland Health & Hospital System offers highly specialized services for infants with significant health issues at the time of birth. NNICU staff care for more than 1,300 newborns each year, averaging about 100 newborns every month.
Our dedicated NNICU staff is made up of highly trained doctors, nurses and support staff who specialize in caring for Parkland’s tiniest and most fragile patients. Also on staff are physical and occupational therapists, speech therapists, child life specialists and social workers, as well as nutritionists, pharmacists and more.
The neonatal family support specialist team is a group of highly trained registered nurses who provide support to NNICU families by keeping them informed of their infant’s condition. They also help parents and families play an active role in their infant’s plan of care.
A Closer Look at the NNICU
- On any given day, there are as many as 65 babies cared for in the NNICU.
- The average length of stay is 18 days, varying by how each infant develops.
- The “Beads of Courage” program helps support families who are given a different colored bead each time their newborn achieves a milestone. Families look forward to adding a bead when their baby graduates from a feeding tube or no longer needs an IV. These tiny celebrations give families the emotional boost they need during an incredibly difficult time.
NNICU in New Parkland
The NNICU in the new Parkland hospital will grow from 90 beds to 96 private rooms, with the space in the NNICU pharmacy increasing by 2,500 percent. Each room will provide more control over light and noise and include dedicated space for family to spend critical bonding time with the baby, leading to better healing.
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