Carolinas HealthCare System

Neonatal ICU (NICU)

NICUFor more than 13 years, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at CMC-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. Critically ill or injured children and their families no longer have to leave the local community to receive quality, specialized medical care.

Growing with the Community

In December 2004, NICU moved to a new space in the hospital which increased square footage nearly three times and added three more beds. As facilities have expanded, pediatric specialties have grown as well. Neonatologists and pediatric subspecialists in the areas of pediatric neurology, surgery, endocrinology, urology, neurosurgical, cardiology, pulmonology, and gastroenterology are caring for our NICU patients. In addition, highly skilled registered nurses, registered pharmacists, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, medical-social workers, and pastoral care provide services to patients and families.

What Sets Us Apart

As part of the Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital, we can treat a greater variety of conditions with our growing specialist physicians, keeping children closer to home, and families closer.

  • 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 who are independent contractors, not employees of CMC-NorthEast

  • A maximum 1:4 nurse to patient ratio, depending on acuity of patient conditions

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