As a Level III NICU, the Doerr Family NICU is ranked at the highest level of care:
Level I: Treat healthy newborns who need a bit of additional nursing care.
Level II: Treat moderately ill babies.
Level III: Treat premature, low birth-weight and seriously ill babies.
At Columbia St. Mary's, we believe in a team approach for exceptional, individualized care to help every one of our tiny patients grow stronger. Our team of experts include:
Speech and Occupational therapists
In select rooms, you'll find the revolutionary Giraffe® OmniBed® to care for fragile, premature babies. To limit the number of times premature babies are moved, the Giraffe® OmniBed® creates a “microenvironment” for the baby. The bed converts from a traditional isolette incubator to an open-bed radiant warmer with the touch of a button, preventing the need to move the baby for any necessary procedures. In addition, the bed features a Baby Susan® mattress that allows caregivers to rotate the mattress for easier access to the baby. There's also a built-in scale for easy weight monitoring.
Patient space designed to care for infants from admission to discharge.
Ability to perform most medical procedures at the infant's bedside.
In-room hand washing sinks to help decrease the spread of infection.
Noise and light control based on the infant's needs.
Flexible space surrounding the isolette to accommodate changing medical equipment needs.
Computers for patient charting in each room, allowing staff to easily access and update medical information.
Central monitoring systems so all babies can be closely monitored at all times.
Private family space in each room to help parents learn how to care for their baby before going home.
A comfortable rocking chair for parents to bond with their child, and a convertible sleeper couch that allows parents to stay overnight.
Privacy curtains for moms to conveniently breast feed or pump at the bedside.
Privacy for parents to do "Kangaroo Care" where the baby is held skin-to-skin to promote bonding, growth and healing.
In-room refrigerators for storage of mom's breast milk.
A specialized freezer for breast milk storage.
Desk space with Wi-Fi Internet access for parents to communicate with family and friends or to take care of personal business.