Each year, 10 percent of all babies born in West Virginia will have a condition that requires special attention in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The NICU at CAMC Women’s and Children’s Hospital cares for many of the babies born at hospitals across southern West Virginia, as well as hundreds of the more than 3,000 born here that need critical care/neonatology.
The NICU at Women and Children’s is a 26-bed, Level IV (highest level) ICU specializing in the care of premature babies and sick newborns. The NICU staff is led by board-certified neonatologists and is the only NICU in the state with newborn intensive care provided by them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These neonatologists respond immediately to issues and also have the support of residents, nurse practitioners, physical and respiratory therapists, pharmacists, social workers and approximately 75 nurses with neonatal resuscitation program (NRP) certification.
Pediatric surgeons who perform many types of surgeries are available, as well as a follow-up clinic for patients who have been discharged.
Transport service to and from referring hospitals is provided by NICU transport nurses for preemies and infants younger than one year of age. Nurses lead the transport team and utilize ambulance, helicopter and fixed-wing modes of transportation.