Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Newborn babies who need intensive medical attention are often admitted into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The NICU combines technology and trained healthcare professionals to provide specialized care for the patients.  Caring for the tiniest patients can sometimes be the most daunting of tasks, this requires precise skills, complex technology, specialized facilities, and caregivers with a special gift.

UMC’s NICU facilities include a 40-bed Level IV Nursery, a neonatal air transport team, ECMO services, pre-discharge “Rooming In” services/training, and infant CPR training.

The staff of UMC’s NICU

The members of the NICU team work tightly with parents to develop a plan of care for all newborns.  The following are some of the specially trained healthcare professionals who will care for your baby:

A neonatologist with training in the care of sick an premature babies, subspecialty pediatric physicians with training in pediatrics in their specialty field, and a team of other professionals including: neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists, dietitians, lactation counselors, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, pharmacists, social workers, and hospital chaplains.

Physicians are available in the hospital 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  This is a benefit of being associated with the Texas Tech University Health Science Center. Physicians are available day or night to speak with families.

Technology at UMC’s NICU

The NICU has 40 beds that consist of three progressive nurseries with cutting-edge intensive care technology designed specifically for infants. The NICU at UMC is a level IV intensive care unit, the highest level attainable.  The NICU also has two Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) beds, which are used for heart/lung bypass for neonates.

Additonal features of UMC’s NICU:

  • Two “Rooming In” Rooms within the unit to simulate an at-home experience for the whole family.
  • A developmentally advanced environment, which incorporates noise-dampening advances of sound-absorbing ceiling tiles, cushioned flooring and ambient lighting.
  • Enhanced computerized medical monitoring systems withfull electronic medical record integration.
  • Versilette “Giraffe” beds - The most advanced user-friendly and developmentally supportive microenvironment available today; combining state of the art technology, innovative design and exceptional thermal performance to create an unsurpassed healing environment for intensively ill infants.

Center for Perinatal Medicine

At the Center for Perinatal Medicine, caring and technology go hand-in-hand.  The center offers sophisticated care for high-risk mothers and their pre-birth babies in a warm, caring, and friendly atmosphere. The focus is on comprehensive, safe, and effective perinatal care in communication and collaboration with the referring provider. 

Features of Center for Perinatal Medicine include:

  • Perinatologists available around the clock
  • High-risk pregnancy counsultations
  • Genetic counseling
  • Non-stress testing services
  • State-of-the-art ultrasound