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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Saint Vincent Hospital

Saint Vincent 814.452.7864

When new parents and physicians from Erie and the surrounding region choose Saint Vincent, they trust the experts at Saint Vincent for the care of sick and premature infants.

Saint Vincent's Level III, state-of-the-art, 10,000-square-foot Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) includes nineteen individual "pods," an integrated series of private spaces — one for each infant. There they receive the expert care they need from our neonatologists and highly experienced neonatal intensive care nurses. The pod design also offers a quieter, more peaceful, private, restful environment for these infants to recover and bond with their families.

The unit also provides for three specialized nursing stations, which are strategically located throughout the unit so that the nurses are always close.

Each pod also features the Philips MP-30, state-of-the-art advanced technology for monitoring, which provides centralized access to vital information about each infant. The Saint Vincent NICU also features five Giraffe Omni-Beds, which minimize the need to move fragile babies by converting from incubator to radiant warmer and featuring a built-in X-ray cassette tray and scale. The Giraffe also features a warming drawer for diapers and blankets, special environmental controls, quiet alarms and dual-access side ports that allow parents to touch and hold their baby when doctors and nurses are caring for them.

Expectant parents with at-risk pregnancies often choose Saint Vincent for delivery because they not only receive the region's best obstetric care, but also the reassurance that, should there be a medical issue with their newborn, the highly compassionate medical and nursing staff have decades of experience in successfully providing care for sick and premature babies.

The Saint Vincent NICU also features a family waiting room, which was funded by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Erie. The family waiting room is a space specifically designed with parents and families in mind. This is a place where they can get refreshments and log onto a computer to check their personal email and keep connected with families, as well as sending updates on their new baby.