Neonatal Special Care Unit

Neonatal Special Care Unit


A special area of Wesley's Women's Hospital is dedicated to our tiniest patients. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides specialized care that is critical to sustaining and nurturing new life. Infants who have complications due to premature birth, infections or other health challenges are admitted to this unit.

Patient care team

Infants receive care from physicians called neonatologists, nurses and neonatal respiratory therapists who have an average tenure of more than 10 years. Pediatric subspecialists in cardiology, neurology and orthopedics join pediatric residents and neonatal nurse practitioners in meeting the challenges of these newborns.

NICU medical staff

Barry T. Bloom, MD
Neonatologist & Medical Director

Curtis Dorn, MD

Robert Hsaio, MD

Stephanie Binder, MD

Carolyn K. Johnson, M.D.

Susan E. Laudert, MD

Wm. Randy Reed, MD

Talkad Raghuveer, MD

Parental support

Parents who have babies in the NICU can receive support from the Family Advisory Council.

Clinical research

Wesley's 30-year reputation for providing the most advanced neonatal care in the area is based in part on the hospital's clinical research. Wesley's highly respected NICU serves as a lead institution in presenting evidence about new ways to prevent infections. In fact, our NICU's internal rate of infection is among the lowest third in the country.

Wesley participates in national quality improvement efforts related to chronic lung disease, pain management, effects of lighting, sound, parental involvement, and other topics. Cardiologist Steve Allen is conducting a study that focuses on improving the survival rates of infants who have heart disease.

Neonatologist Barry Bloom's work is having a positive effect on babies at Wesley and across the country. He facilitated teams that described methods for increasing the rate of weight gain and improving breast milk feeding rates. These methods are yielding results in more than 100 NICUs across the United States.

As a collaborative research support site, Wesley managed five multicenter surfactant trials, helping to reduce lung disease and injury and infants' reliance on oxygen and ventilators.

Mother/Baby Program

In addition to our highly qualified patient care team and leading edge research, Wesley understands and believes in the importance of a mother's love and care. Our Mother/Baby program makes it possible for moms and babies to be together, even when newborns are in need of special attention.

Transport team

Wesley's LifeWATCH neonatal transport team works with the Eagle Med ambulance service to bring babies from hundreds of miles away to Wesley via ground and air ambulance.

Educational classes

Most expectant parents don't feel completely prepared to have a baby. Wouldn't it be great if someone offered Baby 101? Someone does: Wesley Medical Center. Whether you're just beginning to think about pregnancy or have already conceived, Wesley offers a variety of classes and information on all stages of pregnancy. Tours of the BirthCare Center, Birth Rooms and Special Care Nurseries are available. Take a look at all the classes we have to offer you through Family Life Education.