Neonatal Critical Care
Our Level 3 Neonatal Critical Care Unit (Level 3 is the highest state designation) is statistically one of the best in the country - and no wonder, since it opened its doors in 1942, making it one of the first in existence in the world. We were the first ever to transport a premature infant by helicopter, in 1967. With six full-time neonatologists and a state-of-the-art facility, our Neonatal Critical Care Unit ranks top in care of ill premature and term infants.
Many of our patients come from a 24-county area surrounding Peoria. Our Neonatal Transport Team uses ground transportation or Life Flight to bring infants from other hospitals to Children’s Hospital of Illinois. We have the latest technologies which allow us to care for the smallest and sickest infants. Sometimes those infants require therapies such as ECMO, nitric oxide, therapeutic hypothermia, and high frequency ventilation. All of the infants receive the best care from highly trained and compassionate staff.
Our Neonatal Critical Care Unit, located on the third floor of the Milestone building, is divided into seven neighborhoods of 8-12 private rooms. This design contributes to a safe and comforting healing environment. We offer intensive and intermediate levels of care within the NICU: 40 intensive care and 32 intermediate beds for infants who no longer require intensive nursing care. Twenty of the intermediate beds are located within the Neonatal Critical Care Unit; the other 12 are on the fifth floor of OSF Saint Francis, next to the Family Birthing Center. We are fortunate to have consulting physicians from every discipline so our patients can come here to be seen for any diagnosis and almost any surgery. We have an excellent working relationship with Labor and Delivery (L&D) and an exemplary Fetal Diagnostics Program for parents. This program creates a sense of comfort by giving information about L&D, NICU, what to expect during your stay, and on site tours.
In addition to our in-room sleeping for parents, there are a set of private sleeping rooms on the floor for parents who need rest but don’t want to be far away from their child. There is also a family dining room for parents and private rooms for mothers to pump breast milk if they choose. Parents also utilize resources such as case management, social work, and pediatric supportive care to help them throughout their stay.