Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
The Atrium Health Floyd Medical Center
Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) provides advanced care for babies with severe or potentially life-threatening conditions.
Through a family-centered environment, our NICU staff works together with parents to offer the best care for babies who need specialized care after birth.
As a Level III NICU, we provide babies with specialized care, including breathing support, food and nutrition, and temperature support and regulation. When needed, Atrium Health Floyd's
Neonatal Transport Team stands ready 24/7 to transport babies to our Level III NICU.
Our NICU medical staff is trained to care for babies who need specialized care after birth. Our expert training guarantees the best possible care for premature babies in our region. Our NICU team includes:
- Pediatric cardiologist
- Neonatal nurse practitioners
- Neonatal nurses
- Respiratory therapists
- Physical therapists
- Speech therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Lactation consultants
- Discharge coordinators
Parent involvement and the baby's environment are important to the growth and development of premature or critically ill infants. We offer advanced technology and expertise while supporting parent-baby bonding. At Atrium Health Floyd, parents will experience the following:
Our AngelEye camera system allows parents to check check in on their babies when they can't visit the NICU in person.
The software works with a cellphone, laptop or notebook, and is secure.
The program also allows you to receive information about your baby's health and provides education tips so you feel confident when you take your little one home.
Our dedicated discharge planning coordinator works with each family to ensure the transition to home is a success. The planning for discharge begins when a baby is admitted. The process gradually prepares the family to care for the baby at home. Generally, babies in the NICU can go home when they:
- Maintain their body temperature in a bassinet
- Breathe on their own
- Nurse or feed from a bottle
- Consistently gain weight
- Are in stable medical condition
As the time to go home approaches, it is very important for the family to feel confident in caring for the baby. Nurses will work closely with each family to ensure they are prepared to go home. Our discharge plan includes:
- CPR training
- Follow-up appointment scheduling
- Safety (proper car seat use, SIDS prevention, etc.)
March of Dimes : The March of Dimes offers a NICU Family Support program that provides information and comfort to families of premature and critically ill newborns.