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Neonatology - Newborn Intensive Care

"Having spent 10 weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at
Levine Children's Hospital, we quickly learned what a
special place it is for children and families in our community."
- Meghan Hampton, parent of neonatology patient

Board-certified neonatologists lead a critical care team that provides the highest level of neonatal care as designated by the state of North Carolina. The newborn intensive care program at Levine Children's Hospital is the primary referral center for babies born anywhere in the region. From the tiniest premature newborns to infants with complicated heart disease, the team provides a full range of critical, lifesaving services.

Count on Neonatal Care at Levine Children's Hospital

  • The High-Risk Neonatal Program at Levine Children's Hospital recently received the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission. We are the first neonatal care program in North Carolina to achieve this accreditation and the only nursery in the nation with the highest-intensive care classification to receive the distinction.
  • MedCenter Air provides a specially trained Neonatal Transportation team to transport the most critically ill infants in the region to Levine Children's Hospital. A specially trained Neonatal Transport team is prepared to transport the most critically ill infants in the region.
  • No other nursery in the region provides a higher level of neonatal care or has the specialized services available to treat the most complicated and severe illnesses in the newborn period.
  • We performed the first pediatric ECMO (heart-lung bypass) procedure in the region more than 17 years ago.
  • Neonatologists provide high quality care to infants before and after delicate cardiac surgery.

A Full Team of Specialists

The intensive care team consists of residents, staff nurses, neonatal nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, ECMO specialists, respiratory care practitioners, social workers, dietitians, case managers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and lactation specialists. Levine's dedicated, highly specialized neonatal care team has access to all pediatric subspecialists at the hospital, including pediatric cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons, ENT specialists, pulmonologists, nephrologists, gastroenterologists, and neurosurgeons.

Comprehensive Neonatal Care Services

Our 85-bed Neonatal Intensive Care and Progressive Care nurseries treat more than 1,000 babies a year with a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Extreme prematurity
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Genetic disorders
  • Severe respiratory failure
  • Congenital bowel disorders
  • Neurologic diseases
  • Perinatal infectious diseases

The Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery is equipped with the latest medical technology, including the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) heart-lung bypass that supports neonates with respiratory failure, and therapeutic hyperthermia (body cooling) for asphyxiated infants.

Learn More About Neonatal Care at Levine Children's Hospital.

Find information about all of our services, including answers to frequently asked questions about our Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery anytime on this site or by calling 704-381-7900.

Level IV NICU at Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital

For more than 13 years, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast has provided compassionate care for sick and premature infants with complex healthcare needs. The majority of infants in the NICU are 26 weeks gestation or greater (roughly three months premature), and require high level, complex care by a specially trained team of healthcare providers. 

Key features include:

  • A 15-bed, level IV unit (highest level of care)
  • Staffed by highly trained registered nurses and respiratory therapists
  • 24-hour coverage by a board-certified neonatologist
  • A maximum 1:4 nurse to patient ratio, depending on acuity of patient conditions
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