Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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Premature and critically ill newborns receive intensive medical care at Cabell Huntington's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. One of the only three Level III units in the state of West Virginia, our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit encompasses emergency, critical, diagnostic and therapeutic care for these babies. The NICU at Cabell Huntington Hospital provides in-patient intensive care, consultative support and neonatal transport services for critically ill infants in WV, KY and Ohio.

The NICU at Cabell Huntington Hospital is the only facility in the region to provide private patient rooms. Our state-of-the-art single patient rooms facilitate communication, bonding and integration of the family into the developmental care plan for each baby while maintaining privacy and our family-centered philosophy. Each room is equipped to allow the parents to sleep near their baby, and our family den (Zaine’s Room) provides them an area to eat, shower, use the internet or just relax when needed.  Mothers may breast feed or pump at their baby’s bedside, which allows for greater success for mothers attempting to breastfeed their ill infants.

Our NICU team includes dedicated professionals from many disciplines working together to provide the best in neonatal care. Led by our board-certified neonatologists, our multidisciplinary teams include experts from all areas impacting critically ill newborns, including pediatric surgery, pediatric ophthalmology, pediatric cardiology and pediatric gastroenterology, along with pediatric residents, neonatal nurse practitioners, neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, lactation consultants and developmental specialists.

The NICU Developmental Follow-up Clinic

The NICU Developmental Follow-up Clinic provides developmental assessment services to premature and other seriously ill infants that are at risk for delays in early developmental skills, learning ability and growth. Following the latest recommendations for follow-up care for high-risk infants, the Clinic provides evaluations of growth and developmental progress for families and primary care physicians.  After evaluation, written reports are sent to the infant’s pediatrician and referrals to early intervention programs are made if there are concerns about development.

The Vermont-Oxford Network

The NICU is proud to be a part of the Vermont-Oxford Network, a data base of more than 485 hospitals worldwide. This collaborative of healthcare providers is dedicated to improving the quality and safety of medical care for infants and their families. The Network maintains a database of information about the care and outcomes of high-risk newborn infants that provides unique, reliable and confidential data to participating NICUs for use in quality management, process improvement, internal audit and peer review. Over the last few years, Cabell Huntington Hospital's NICU has become a leader in respiratory management of the very low birth weight infant and has one of the lowest incidences of chronic lung disease in premature infants in the nation.

Parent Support

The NICU staff hosts weekly meetings of “I’m a Mommy, Too,” a support group for mothers of NICU babies. The group discusses different aspects of caring for their babies and the emotional, psychological and financial toll on the mother and the family, shares advice and offers support to other members.

  • Last updated: 06/22/2011
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