Bringing comfort to NICU families and infants
Newborn care at Holy Cross Health is designed to meet each baby’s needs. Most babies are born without serious complications or medical issues and are cared for in a neonatal nursery, staffed by health care professionals who are experts in the care of infants. When more intensive care and support are needed, Holy Cross Health offers sophisticated and specialized treatment in the Level IIIB Neonatal Instensive Care Unit at Holy Cross Hospital and, when it opens in October 2014, in Holy Cross Germantown Hospital's Level II B Neonatal Unit.
Level III B Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Holy Cross Hospital
Newborns with complicated medical issues can be cared for in the newborn ICU at Holy Cross Hospital located in Silver Spring, Md. The 46-bed unit is a Level IIIB NICU, which means it offers a very high degree of complex, quality care and access to a wide range of pediatric specialists for critically ill newborns.
The NICU features state-of-the-art technology to treat babies who are born early or have medical complications that require constant observation or specialized care. The 46-bed unit is the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Maryland, and cares for more critically ill newborns than any other NICU in the state.
Babies in the NICU are cared for by a dedicated team of neonatologists (physicians who specialize in caring for critically ill newborns), registered nurses, neonatal nurse practitioners, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, social workers, case managers, and lactation consultants.
Patient care in the NICU is coordinated by a nurse navigator, who works with families to answer questions and to ensure that newborns have everything they need to thrive. Our NICU team also works closely with parents and their pediatricians to coordinate care.
Because there is no substitute for a parent's loving touch, parents are encouraged to visit their newborns frequently and participate in their care. We also support and encourage breastfeeding and can help mothers learn how to get started.
When parents are away from their babies in the NICU, our NICVIEW system can help bring comfort to NICU families and their infants. Thanks in part to a $10,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to the Holy Cross Health Foundation, the hospital purchased 12 NICVIEW cameras that provide a secure video stream over the internet from any web-enabled device.
Once infants are ready to go home, we help ease the transition. We offer a special discharge class, CPR training, and a caregiver support group. For families interested in spiritual support, chaplains are available to patients and families of all faiths and beliefs.
Level II B Neonatal Unit at Holy Cross Germantown Hospital
When it opens in October 2014, Holy Cross Germantown Hospital will house a fully-equipped Level IIB Neonatal Unit—a newborn care center for babies born without complex medical problems. The Level IIB nurseries will provide initial help for babies that are having breathing problems. If a newborn requires more intensive care after the first 24-hours following birth, parents have the option to have their baby transferred to the Holy Cross Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.