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Winchester Medical Center Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

The Neonatal Intensive Care unit at Winchester Medical Center is the region's only level III NICU, able to take premature babies of any gestational age or babies needing specialized care and treatment. The NICU is located on the 2nd floor of the North Tower on the WMC campus. This new, state-of-the-art facility is one of only a few NICUs in the tri-state area to have private patient rooms to make it easier for babies and families to heal. There are 21 single rooms, 3 twin rooms and 1 triplet room for a total of 30 beds.

Our team of neonatologists, nurse practitioners, staff nurses and respiratory and occupational therapists use the latest in technological advances to care for even the littlest patients. Most babies are admitted to the NICU because they are born prematurely; some are born full-term with breathing or other difficulties that need treatment. We realize that having an ill or premature infant is unexpected and frightening. Our team is committed to giving you and your child all the medical and emotional support available to us. From the moment of admission, we want you to participate in your baby’s care. As your baby’s condition improves you will be able to assume more responsibility for his or her care.

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Visiting Hours

Parents or banded support individuals are welcome in the NICU 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Grandparents and visitors age 13 and up are welcome 8 am – 9 pm. Siblings age two and up are also welcome to visit. Please speak with your baby’s nurse to arrange sibling visits.

Neonatologists

Neonatal Nurse Practitioners

Parent Advisory Council Support

“When I was pregnant with my first baby, I never thought I would have a baby in the NICU. When my son was born prematurely, the doctors, nurses and staff at the WMC NICU guided me through every step of my son’s healing until he was eventually big enough and healthy enough to go home. The private rooms, caring staff and amazing doctors got us through a very overwhelming and emotional time. We are so thankful we chose Winchester Medical Center as the place to meet our son!”

-Carrie and Jason, Parents of Baby H.

The Parent Advisory Council is a collaboration of parents whose babies needed advanced care in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and staff who work together to maintain and enhance family centered care. The Parent Advisory Council not only provides support but also offers educational resources to parents. Meetings are held once a month to celebrate successes, support the unit’s goals and offer suggestions towards family centered care to better the experiences for other families who are going through a difficult time.

The Council is always looking for more interested families! Joining the council does require a time commitment but the rewards are endless. Help other NICU families and staff by joining our team. For more information, please email us at nicupac@valleyhealthlink.com. Applications to join are also available in the NICU and can be provided by your nurse.

Music Resource

Developed by a former NICU graduate, Sweet Dreams Baby is a collection of lullabies and poems that parents can use to contribute to a baby’s success in the NICU. When hearing a familiar voice, babies generally have increased oxygen levels and lowered heart rates. Research shows that exposure to language and music can help babies grow, even at the most early stages of life. This album is a unique collection that differs from traditional lullaby albums, which tend to include an overwhelming array of instruments, rhythms, melodies and harmonies. Sweet Dreams Baby uses a single vocal line with calmer melodies and rhythms to specifically address the needs of growing infants.

Ways to use this album:

  • Click here to play the entire album.
  • Click here to view the music and poem lyrics.
    • Learn the lullabies and poems to share with your baby.

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