The birth of a baby is a joyous time for families in Southwest Florida. But sometimes, complications arise during pregnancy or birth that result in moderately-ill to critically-ill newborns. Neonatology is a specialized area of medicine that focuses on the health of babies, beginning before birth and extending into infancy.
For families facing the frightening uncertainty of birth complications, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is dedicated to providing the finest care for those confronted with challenging medical realities.
Premature births, congenital diseases, and other potentially serious health concerns are among the reasons why a fully staffed neonatal intensive care unit is so vital to the health of families in our community.
Caring for Fragile Lives
Specializing in the care of critically ill children throughout the 7-county region, our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a Level III facility that has been designated a Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Center by the Florida Department of Children's Medical Services, one of only 11 such centers in the state and the only one in our region.
The NICU is staffed by health care professionals who specialize in caring for infants with medical complications. Our dedicated team of board certified neonatologists, neonatal ICU nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory and occupational therapists, dieticians, and other staff members are all experienced in caring for an ill infant’s special needs.
A Whole Health Approach
Our scope of care doesn’t end with a newborn’s physical well-being. Hospital chaplains and social workers are available to provide spiritual and emotional support as well. The Ronald McDonald House is also available on site for families who need a place to stay.
Additionally, special volunteers affectionately known as Cuddlers are specially trained to be with sick newborns providing the warmth of the human touch during those times when parents can’t be with their little ones because of the many demands of work or the daily needs of other children in the family.
Meeting a Crucial Need
Throughout Southwest Florida, families and their critically ill infants find hope and healing at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. These families can rest assured that if their newborns face life-threatening medical conditions, our committed staff of pediatric healthcare professionals will be with them every step of the way with the finest training, equipment and facilities.