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Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU)


A Healing Environment

The Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) combines quiet surroundings and private rooms with the regions most experienced staff and cutting edge technologies. The NICU at VCU Health System offers the most advanced care that is available in Central Virginia for babies who are preterm or require specialized medical care after birth. Affiliated with the Medical School at VCU, we are able to offer a full range of services to meet the needs of women with high risk pregnancies and their babies.

NICU Awarded "GE - Imagination at Work Award"


The Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has been awarded the GE "Imagination at Work Award" for innovation in NICU design. Newly constructed in 2008, the NICU was created with the special needs of preterm and critically ill babies and their families in mind. This 40 bed unit is comprised of 32 single family rooms and 4 rooms are specially equipped to accommodate families with twins.


Private Single Family Rooms (NICU)

Private rooms provide a quiet, healing environment where families can nurture and bond with their babies, and gain confidence in caring for them. Mothers choosing to breastfeed can do so with privacy and comfort. The NICU team supports family involvement in all aspects of care infant care whenever they can (24hours a day, 7 days a week) and encourages a parent to spend the 


night in the newborn's room if they would like to Each room includes a pull out sofa, desk with Internet access, a secure wardrobe and breast milk refrigerator.


High Touch.High Tech (NICU)

But don't let the quiet, nurturing environment of the NICU surprise you. The NICU has over 35 years of experience and has cared for well over 20,000 preterm or critically ill newborns. Although almost half of our infants have been admitted due to complications associated with prematurity, the other half requires specialty care. VCU Health System's NICU is known for its expertise in advanced respiratory care, particularly the use of high-frequency ventilation and a life-sustaining therapy called ExtraCorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO). Although the vast majority of infants' admitted to the NICU are delivered at VCU Health System, babies are often transported for advanced therapies from other area hospitals throughout the state of Virginia by our own dedicated NICU Transport Team.

The NICU is staffed by specially trained physicians and nurses who specialize or are certified in treating sick newborns. In addition, nationally known surgical and specialists, including brain specialists, heart specialists, kidney specialists, and many other are available to consult on any problem that arises in infants.

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