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NICU and Nurseries

If your baby is born prematurely or has a serious health problem, Allegheny Health Network (AHN) has two hospitals – West Penn in Pittsburgh and Saint Vincent in Erie – with level III neonatal intensive care units (NICU). Forbes and Jefferson hospitals have level II NICUs for infants with medical needs who are not critically ill.

Our NICU at West Penn has expanded to include a new wing with 20 private rooms. This $23 million investment allows parents to bond with their babies in spacious, family-centered rooms, staying as long as they like.

At these dedicated facilities, the smallest and most fragile infants receive compassionate, high-level medical care from specialized neonatal teams.

NICU services at Allegheny Health Network: Why choose us?

Our neonatal specialists at our level II and level III NICUs provide families with:

  • Depth of expertise: West Penn and Saint Vincent hospitals have 12 board-certified neonatologists (doctors who specialize in providing care to critically ill babies.) These doctors provide 24/7 care for high-risk deliveries and critically ill full-term and premature infants.
  • Fast hospital transfers: Our NICUs serve as regional referral centers providing specialized care for infants throughout western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. Should you deliver at a hospital that isn’t able to handle your baby’s medical needs, our neonatal transfer teams safely and quickly transport your baby, sometimes via helicopter.
  • Virtual visits: If you need to be away from your baby, our NicView® program allows you to see live-stream video of your child via smartphone, laptop, or other similar device. Only designated family members who have the appropriate log-in credentials can see your baby.
  • Breast-feeding assistance: To boost immunity, babies in our NICUs who weigh less than 3 pounds receive only breast milk. Our lactation consultants provide breast-feeding support to new moms, assisting with breast-feeding and pumping. When needed, we supplement your baby’s nutritional needs with donated breast milk.
  • Infant apnea program: After discharge, babies who spent time in the NICU may need oxygen or a breathing monitor at home. The Infant Apnea Program at West Penn Hospital evaluates, manages, and remotely monitors babies at risk for breathing problems.

West Penn NICU expansion

A $23 million investment in patient care, this new wing has 20 private rooms to let parents bond with their babies in a spacious, family-centered room, staying as long as they like. There is even a bed available in each room for one parent to stay overnight. Three of the rooms are specially designed for twins.

We use state-of-the-art technology to monitor and treat babies with more complex health issues. Our nurses have achieved Magnet® certification for nursing excellence. They provide expert, compassionate care that aids babies’ cognitive development and physical growth, welcoming family participation whenever possible.

We’ve also added a state-of-the-art, secure communications system to support faster, more efficient care in critical situations.

NICU neonatal developmental program

While your baby is in the NICU, our neonatal developmental specialists work one-on-one with your family to promote bonding and show you how to best meet your baby’s needs. We provide instruction in feeding, swaddling, skin-to-skin contact (kangaroo care), and help you prepare for bringing your baby home.

After discharge, babies who are at risk for developmental delays receive ongoing care for up to two years at our NICU Neonatal Developmental Follow-Up Clinic. We monitor your infant’s growth and developmental progress, and connect you with resources, such as speech, occupational, and physical therapists. When needed, we refer infants with potential vision problems to our Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) Clinic at West Penn Hospital.

Nursery services at AHN

Full-term babies who don’t have health problems receive exceptional care in the newborn nurseries at the four AHN hospitals that provide obstetric services: West Penn, Forbes, Jefferson, and Saint Vincent hospitals. When possible, we encourage parents to room in with their babies during their hospital stay.

Forbes and Jefferson hospitals also have level II nurseries. Here, our neonatal specialists care for infants with medical needs who are not critically ill.

Contact us

Call (412) DOCTORS (412) 362-8677 or request an appointment to learn more about AHN pregnancy and newborn services.

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