One of Central Kentucky’s Premier Providers of Neonatal Intensive Care

Because pregnancy and birth are complex events, it’s not uncommon for newborns to need a little help transitioning to life outside the womb. Frankfort Regional Medical Center offers an on-site neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), so you don’t have to leave home for special care.

Our Level II NICU (also called a special care nursery) provides 24/7 support to infants who were born a few weeks early or have minor health problems. Most of these babies just need extra support and attention until they’re strong enough to go home. But if yours needs complex care for a critical condition, we’ll arrange for safe transport to a Level IV NICU at our partner hospital in Louisville.

Why Choose Frankfort Regional Medical Center for Neonatal Intensive Care

Our NICU team provides more than advanced care near home. We offer emotional support and encouragement every step of the way. Families also choose us for:

  • Leading expertise. Our experienced team is led by neonatologists (doctors with special training in caring for sick or premature newborns). It also includes neonatal clinical nurse specialists, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, and lactation consultants.
  • Around-the-clock readiness. We have a neonatologist on-site 24/7. If your baby needs immediate care from a doctor in the middle of the night, we don’t have to wait for on-call support to arrive.
  • Premier care for preemies. We’re equipped to treat babies born as early as 28 weeks, who weigh as little as 2.2 pounds.
  • Support for immature lungs. We have the respiratory equipment and staff necessary to treat babies who temporarily need help breathing.
  • Access to Level IV NICU care. If your baby needs complex subspecialty or surgical care, he or she will benefit from our partnership with Norton Children’s Hospital. They offer the highest level of neonatal intensive care available in the region.

High Quality Care for Many Neonatal Concerns

Our NICU team cares for babies who need extra medical attention but aren’t sick enough to require critical care. We specialize in:

  • Babies born a little early (28 weeks and above)
  • Smaller-than-average babies (birth weight as little as 2.2 pounds)
  • Mild respiratory problems that, with proper care, resolve within 24 hours
  • Minor conditions, such as jaundice, that don’t require urgent subspecialty care
  • Moderate complications that occur during labor and delivery, including small amounts of meconium in the lungs
  • Babies who can’t stay warm on their own and need to be placed in an incubator
  • Babies who aren’t yet strong enough to feed on their own

Superior Service and Support

Our family-centered services include:

  • 24/7 visitation. You can stay by your baby’s side for as long as you need. In fact, we encourage you to become an active participant in your child’s care. We also welcome visitation with siblings and grandparents whenever possible.
  • Unlimited bonding. We encourage you to spend plenty of hands-on time with your baby, holding or feeding as much as possible.
  • Room to refresh. When possible, we can provide a private, quiet space to shower or take a well-deserved break.
  • Considerate communication. Our caregivers understand this is a stressful time for your family. We’ll make sure you stay well-informed while your baby is well-cared-for.

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