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Neonatal Intensive Care

Sacred Heart Children's Hospital's 61-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) ushers in a new era of family-centered care. The unit features 23 two-patient rooms (and one three-bed triplet suite), offering parents the privacy and space they want, complete with comfortable furniture and storage for their personal belongings, plus a family room where they can enjoy time away from the nursery. Sacred Heart's Spokane NICU features modern rooms, complete with cozy furniture and storage for personal belongings, offering parents the comfort, privacy and space they want.

Sacred_Heart_Childrens_Hospital_nicu1Lights are dimmed and the symphony of noise has been replaced with high-tech monitors and ventilators that are silent. Our tiniest patients, who are often sensitive to bright lights and sounds, will be in an environment that can be controlled for their individual needs.

This new model in neonatal care (we are one of just a few children's hospitals in the country to adopt this family-centered design), allows families to grow strong and healthy together!

The NICU is dedicated to the care of acutely ill term and pre-term babies born at Sacred Heart or transported here for Level IV medical or surgical care. The patient conditions most often found in the NICU include respiratory distress; congenital problems including congenital heart, gastrointestinal and neurological defects, and infection.

Sacred Heart's Spokane NICU, care is provided 24-hours-a-day by a team of health care professionals including neonatologists, pediatricians, pediatric specialists, family practice physicians, specially-trained nurses and respiratory therapists.

Sacred_Heart_Childrens_Hospital_nicu2The medical staff caring for NICU patients includes neonatologists, pediatricians, pediatric specialists and family practice physicians. Care is provided 24-hours-a-day by a team of health care professionals including nurses and respiratory therapists, with support service from health unit coordinators and unit support assistants. Additional team members include a case manager, social worker, dietitian, occupational therapist, pharmacist, chaplain, clinical educator, and lactation (breastfeeding) consultants.

Services range from acute care including surgery to long-term care of chronic conditions. There is an emphasis placed on parent involvement and education that is individualized to meet the needs of each family. In addition, a "rooming in" program allows parents to stay in the hospital overnight with their infants so the families feel comfortable caring for their special babies at home.