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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU)

If your baby is born with medical challenges, you want to be sure they’re receiving the best care possible.

Geisinger’s hospital NICUs provide newborn babies with advanced, specialized neonatal care. These special nurseries are staffed 24/7 with neonatal specialists trained to meet the unique needs of even the most fragile infants. We’re here to:

  • Help you understand your baby’s medical and developmental needs
  • Act as a support system for you and your family
  • Provide resources throughout pregnancy and after your baby’s arrival
  • Prepare you to take care of your baby

What does NICU stand for?

The term NICU is short for neonatal intensive care unit, a department inside a hospital that cares for infants who are seriously or critically ill.

Our NICUs provide care for infants who:

  • Are born prematurely (at least 3 weeks before their official due date)
  • Experience complications during pregnancy or birth
  • Have a birth defect or congenital condition
  • Have a critical illness or substance-related condition

 

Babies who come to the NICU typically need more care than a regular hospital nursery can provide.

What are the levels of NICU?

Neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) help babies who need extra care. Geisinger hospitals offer three NICUs across northeast, central and south-central Pennsylvania:

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NICU at Wilkes-Barre at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center

The Tambur Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center is Luzerne County’s only NICU providing specialized care for premature and sick newborns. Our level III NICU is a special nursery staffed by physicians (neonatologists), neonatal nurse practitioners, neonatal nurses and respiratory therapists specially trained to care for critically ill infants.

Together with Geisinger’s LifeFlight® ground and air transport program, our neonatal transport team helps transfer infants safely and swiftly from other hospitals to the Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital NICU — and they’re available 24/7.

If your baby is diagnosed with a congenital condition or complex medical issue, their NICU care plan will start before they are born. Our Center for Prenatal Pediatrics will work closely with you, your family and your doctor to formulate a care plan before your baby arrives. You’ll also have access to a perinatal social worker, a specialist who can help arrange support and counseling (as needed) during pregnancy through your baby’s first year.

Our NICU team

Our neonatal intensive care unit is staffed around-the-clock by neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, neonatal nurses and respiratory therapists — all equipped with special training to provide the care and support your baby needs.

Our team also includes lactation specialists, a pediatric dietician and physical therapists who are specially trained in neonatal massage. The Wilkes-Barre NICU team has access to the full team of pediatric specialists at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville, who all work together to provide the very best care for your newborn.

Meet our neonatology team:

 

NICU services

Our neonatal intensive care unit offers in-house neonatal specialists, specially trained to handle complex or high-risk concerns for infants requiring advanced care, day-and-night. Our services include:

  • Continuous cardio-respiratory monitoring
  • Oxygen and respiratory monitoring for babies with breathing difficulties
  • Ventilator support
  • Feeding assistance
  • IVs to deliver special medications
  • Phototherapy to treat severe jaundice
  • Incubators to regulate body temperature

 

What if my baby needs additional care?

Should your newborn need additional medical care, our LifeFlight® ground and air transportation teams are available 24/7 for swift and safe transfer to the Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital NICU in Danville — about a 60-minute drive.

Our NICU rooms

Located right next to the labor and delivery unit, our NICU features 12 private, family-friendly rooms.

Our state-of-the-art rooms feature:

  • A web camera over each baby’s bed so parents can see their baby when they can’t be there in person
  • Comfortable seating for mothers and family members
  • Light and sound control to promote a healing environment
  • Breastfeeding assistance (whether you decide to breastfeed or are looking to learn more)
  • A specially designed suite for twins, so both babies in the NICU can be cared for and heal in the same space
  • A family stay room, so parents can sleep in the same room as their baby to encourage bonding and ease the transition home

 

Support for families

We partner with the March of Dimes to offer resources for families during their baby’s hospital stay.

We also work with the Ronald McDonald House to provide accommodations, so families have a quiet place to recoup and rejuvenate outside the hospital while staying close to their baby.

Families are welcome in the NICU 24 hours a day.

Tambur Family NICU
Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center
2nd floor
1000 East Mountain Blvd.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Main hospital phone: 570-808-7300
NICU phone: 570-808-8655
NICU fax: 570-808-8658


Learn more about pregnancy and newborn services.


NICU in Danville at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital offers the highest level of specialized care for premature and sick newborns across northeastern and central Pennsylvania. Our level IV NICU is a special nursery staffed by physicians (neonatologists), neonatal nurse practitioners, neonatal nurses and respiratory therapists specially trained to care for critically ill infants with complex medical and/or surgical needs.

Together with Geisinger’s LifeFlight® ground and air transport program, our neonatal transport team helps transfer infants safely and swiftly from other hospitals to the Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital NICU — and they’re available 24/7.

Each year, we care for over 600 newborns in the NICU, including more than 100 infants who are born with very low birth weight (less than 3 pounds, 5 ounces).

If your baby is diagnosed with a congenital condition or complex medical issue, their NICU care plan will start before they are born. Our Center for Prenatal Pediatrics will work closely with you, your family and your doctor to formulate a care plan before your baby arrives. You’ll also have access to a perinatal social worker, a specialist who can help arrange support and counseling (as needed) during pregnancy through your baby’s first year.

Our NICU team

Our neonatal intensive care unit is staffed around-the-clock by neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pediatric resident physicians, neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and dieticians — all equipped with highly specialized training to provide care for the sickest infants and those with complex medical issues.

Meet our neonatology team:

 

NICU services

Our NICU offers in-house neonatal specialists, specially trained to handle complex or high-risk concerns for infants requiring advanced medical care, day and night. Our services include:

 

And advanced surgical care from specialists including:

 

The neonatal intensive care unit is equipped to provide advanced respiratory care for babies with breathing difficulties including:

  • Oxygen and respiratory monitoring
  • Ventilator and CPAP support
  • Nitric oxide, to increase blood flow to your baby’s lungs
  • Body cooling for infants recovering from low oxygen levels

 

Our NICU rooms

Located right next to the labor and delivery unit, our NICU features an open design. This allows staff to closely monitor newborns and provide rapid care if needed.

Our NICU features 41 beds that are divided into pods of four to six beds each, and offer:

  • A web camera over each baby’s bed so parents can see their baby when they can’t be there in person
  • Curtains for added privacy
  • Comfortable seating options for mothers and family members at the bedside
  • Light and sound control to promote a healing environment
  • Breastfeeding assistance (whether you decide to breastfeed or are looking to learn more)
  • Dedicated room for pumping breast milk 
  • Two family stay rooms, so parents can sleep in the same room as their baby to encourage bonding and ease the transition home

 

Support for families
We partner with our chaplain services and the March of Dimes to offer resources for families during their baby’s hospital stay.

We also work with the Ronald McDonald House (which has a location right on the hospital campus) to provide accommodations, so families can have a quiet place to recoup and rejuvenate outside the hospital while staying close to their baby.

Families are welcome in the NICU 24 hours a day.

NICU
Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital
Lower Level 1
100 N. Academy Ave.
Danville, PA 17822

Main hospital phone: 570-271-6211
NICU phone: 570-271-6500
NICU fax: 570-271-5844

Learn more about pregnancy and newborn services.