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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
At West Penn Allegheny Health System, we've long been known for caring for the region's sickest and smallest patients.
Our highly qualified physicians and staff at West Penn and Forbes Regional Hospitals are ready and able to handle every delivery. Learn more:
Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
West Penn Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is the second largest level III NICU in Pittsburgh. The NICU is a major regional referral center for critically ill infants and also provides prenatal consultations for high-risk obstetrics patients.
The NICU is a 40-bed unit providing the highest level of medical care available to neonates. West Penn also has a stepdown unit with 16 additional beds. The distinctive design of West Penn’s NICU features six pods, each of which houses six infant isolettes. In addition, the unit contains an isolation pod with four isolettes to care for babies with infections. The pod design, complimented by indirect lighting, creates as much as possible an environment to promote the healing and growing process. Overall, the unit is designed to allow the most individualized approach to care and treatment possible.
The staff of the NICU includes highly trained and skilled registered nurses, neonatal nurse practitioners, physician assistants, neonatal respiratory therapists, and a physician staff of board-certified neonatologists. They provide in-house care for sick newborns 24-hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, specialists in pediatric cardiology, neurology, infectious disease, endocrinology and orthopaedics are available for consultation and evaluation. The staff of the NICU prides itself on providing compassionate, family-centered care, as well as implementing state-of-the-art technology and treatment.
Family members, including both parents and siblings, are urged to visit the babies at any time during the day or night and participate in their care. Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed their babies, and the staff advocates soothing skin-to-skin contact between premature babies and their parents to promote healing, growth and bonding.
High-risk obstetric patients who are referred to West Penn receive a prenatal consultation from a neonatologist in the NICU to discuss their infant’s prognosis and the care that will be provided in the NICU. The goal of the consultation is to orient prospective parents to the environment of the NICU and to prepare them as much as possible for the experience.
West Penn also offers a Neonatal Developmental Follow-up Program. In the program, a team consisting of an infant developmental specialist, a neonatologist, a physical therapist and a social worker assesses the development of NICU graduates and offers support to their families for up to two years.
Contacting the NICU At West Penn Hospital
You may contact us at either of these phone numbers: 412.578.5306 or 800.405.5310
West Penn’s physicians and nurses will be happy to answer any questions you may have and update you about your baby’s progress. We know that your relatives and friends are concerned about your baby too, but for confidentiality reasons, information will be given to parents only. Please identify yourself as a parent when you call; you will be asked for the number on your band. Also, please provide us with your home, work and cell phone numbers so that we can contact you at any time. If your baby’s condition changes or a special procedure must be done, our doctors will contact you.
Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Special Care Nursery)
The Center's Special Care Nursery, a state-of-the art Level II Neonatal Intensive Care unit, provides medical treatment and care for both premature and acutely ill newborns. The Center is staffed 24-hours a day by board-certified pediatricians and extensively trained registered nurses. This special nursery means that babies who need a higher level of care can be treated right here in
In addition to the Level II nursery at Forbes Regional Hospital, two Level III Neonatal Intensive Care units within the West Penn Hospital system are prepared to accept transfers as required.
The Forbes Regional Hospital Women's and Infants' Care Center focuses on mother and baby as part of a family unit. Center programs integrate the whole family into the care given to mother and infant. Visiting hours are flexible to accommodate the family's routine, and a special afternoon rest period helps mom, partner, and baby get the extra rest that is so vital in the early days after birth.
Having a baby isn't an isolated medical procedure. It's a family milestone, and the Women's and Infants' Care Center at Forbes Regional Hospital offers the highest quality of care in a caring, family-focused setting.