Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

At Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett, you can take comfort in knowing that we offer a Level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). This is where we are able to provide a higher level of care for premature and critically ill newborns. Our neonatologists are on call 24/7, and our highly skilled nursing staff is at the bedside around the clock. Our team of doctors, nurses, lactation consultants, respiratory therapists and social workers work together to help provide babies and families with the attention and support they need.

We know that the NICU is not typically part of the birthing plan. However, we are here to offer a gentle hand of healing and to care for you and your child like you are our own family.

Visiting and Security

For your baby’s security, the NICU is a locked unit within a secure area. We encourage parents to visit their baby and participate in care as often as possible, especially during feeding times. This allows you optimal interaction and bonding time with your baby. You may visit at any time, with the exception of nursing shift changes from 6:30-7:30 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Only two visitors are allowed at one time and one of those visitors must have an armband. Visiting siblings must be at least five years old and current on immunizations. All sibling visits must be coordinated with your nurse. All other visitors must be 12 years of age or older and free of illness or fever. During flu season, visitation is limited to parents and grandparents of the infant.

Patient Story

We couldn’t be here every minute of every day, but we had total trust in the nurses that were caring for Lilly

- Lesley, Lilly's Mother

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