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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The level III NICU at Virginia Hospital Center managed by board-certified neonatologists from the prestigious Children’s National Health System Children’s National Health System. The program consists of full-time, board-certified physicians, along with a Medical Director, neonatal nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. The partnership between Virginia Hospital Center and Children’s National Health System allows neonatal patients in Northern Virginia to have access to pediatric subspecialty services at Children’s National Health System and provides collaborative research opportunities between the clinical research teams.
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When you deliver a healthy baby at Virginia Hospital Center, you may choose to have your newborn stay with you in your room—complete with daybed for your spouse, partner or another support person to stay over as you wish—or in the nursery. At those times when your son or daughter is in the nursery, he or she will be cared for by nursing professionals who administer medical care and tenderness in equal measure. It is completely at your discretion how frequently, and at what length, the baby stays in your room versus in the nursery.

Premature babies, those who become ill after birth or newborns with other special needs are cared for in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Classified as a Level III B NICU per the American Academy of Pediatrics, Virginia Hospital Center's facility offers private and semi-private accommodations, which allow parents to stay with their newborns even after mothers are discharged and ensure that babies' recovery and development are free of any unnecessary stimulation.

(L-R) NICU Staff: Jennifer Howes, RN; Michelle Sabol, PA; Dr. Helen Yoon; Dena Carey, NICU Patient Care Director; Dr. Brian Stone, NICU Medical Director; Gwen Edwards, PCA; Jami Guerrina, RN; Laura Elsey, RN.
Board-certified neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners and other highly qualified nurses and developmental specialists work collaboratively with parents to optimize the care these delicate patients receive.

Whether your newborn is in your room, the nursery or the NICU, you can rest assured that he or she is safe. An advanced security system that includes wristbands with radiofrequency identifiers, video surveillance, and secured doors - as well as vigilant staff monitoring - make certain that only the mother, the one person that she designates, or Registered Nurses (RN), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) and Patient Care Assistants (PCA) who have successfully completed the infant identification competency and are wearing special Virginia Hospital Center identification specific to that unit may remove a baby from the nursery, the NICU or a patient's room.

NICU Patient Success Story

Born Too Soon

Kyli Bechtold of Alexandria was 33 weeks pregnant when she slipped and fell in July 2014. Her OB/GYN, Mike Fernandez, MD, FACOG, Chief of Obstetrics/Gynecology, Virginia Hospital Center, recommended that she go to the Hospital for monitoring. Because of a subtle decrease in the baby’s heart rate, he decided to keep Kyli in the Hospital overnight.
At about 5:00 am, Kyli woke up to find her room filled with doctors, nurses, neonatologists and technicians. The baby was in distress. Her placenta had started to separate and the umbilical cord was wrapped around her baby’s neck. Born by emergency C-section, Caleb needed to be resuscitated and was immediately taken to the Hospital’s Level IIIB Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
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The Children’s National Team at Virginia Hospital Center

NICU: Neonatology

1701 Building, 2nd floor
Phone: 703.558.6675

Outpatient Cardiology Services

1625 Building, Suite 405
Phone: 703.717.4070 or 571.405.5959

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