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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Providing peace-of-mind for parents of critically ill newborns

Pediatric NICU: Caring for Fragile Lives

The birth of a baby is a joyous time. But sometimes complications arise during pregnancy or birth. For families facing uncertainty, Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida focuses on providing the finest care for your precious little ones.

Premature births, congenital diseases, and other potentially serious health concerns are just some of the reasons why a fully staffed neonatal intensive care unit is vital to the health of our community.

Level III Facility

Specializing in the care of critically ill children throughout Southwest Florida, our 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.

Our health care professionals specialize in caring for infants with medical complications. Our dedicated team of board certified neonatologists, neonatal ICU nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory and occupational therapists, and dietitians are all experienced in caring for an ill infant’s special needs.

Whole Health Approach

Our scope of care doesn’t end with a newborn’s physical well-being. Hospital chaplains and social workers provide spiritual and emotional support, and The Ronald McDonald House helps families with a place to stay.

Additionally, special volunteers affectionately known as "cuddlers" are trained to be with sick newborns to give them the warmth of human touch during those times when parents can’t be there.

Primary Care Pediatricians

When your baby is released from the NICU, a pediatrician will oversee their continued care. If you have not chosen a pediatrician, we recommend you do so before leaving the hospital.

Your pediatrician will help you schedule your baby’s first well-check visit. This appointment should take place within one to three days after going home from the hospital.

To reach the NICU, call 239-343-5124.

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