Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Some pregnancies are high-risk and demand a specialized level of care during both pregnancy and delivery. Other pregnancies may encounter unexpected problems. At birth, many of these babies require the care of a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
The Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Frankfort Regional Medical Center is affiliated with Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville, home to one of the nation’s largest Level IV NICUs. The NICU is a highly specialized unit, providing care to neonates requiring specialized care. The unit's equipment and supplies are geared to the needs of these infants and the staff is specially trained. A multi-disciplinary approach of care is practiced.
Our four-bed Level II NICU enhances the existing nursery and is staffed by board-certified neonatologists and registered nurses trained in advanced life support. Neonatologists – doctors with specialized training in the care of newborns – are on-site around the clock. The same group of neonatologists that staff Frankfort Regional Medical Center's NICU also staff Norton Children's Hospital. Together with specially trained nursing staff and ancillary staff, they provide life-saving care and high-tech monitoring until babies are stable on their own. The NICU is equipped to deliver babies as young as 28 weeks, including those with respiratory and feeding difficulties or requiring antibiotic and IV therapy.
With everything under one roof, new mothers, babies, and physicians will also experience the advantage of superior communication and continuity of care, before, during and after delivery. By not having to transfer babies to another facility, their care can begin right away.
Both the community and patients benefit greatly, as we are providing a service that was previously unavailable. In the past we would have to transfer these special-needs babies to another facility, thereby separating mother and baby. In addition, high-risk pregnancies could not be handled at our hospital, and in such cases, the pregnant woman had to travel to a different hospital. Now all obstetrical care will be provided at one place. Patients can be assured that their obstetrician provider will be available, and if they were to go into labor early, all their care can be provided at our hospital with a safe outcome for mother and baby.
Some babies need just a bit of extra care before they can go home. They’ll spend their first few days growing stronger in our Level II NICU. Parents can be involved in their baby’s care 24 hours a day. By the time the baby is ready to go home, parents will feel confident and prepared to provide all the baby's care.