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Women & Infant Health

Nursery & NICU

Virginia Hospital Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit renamed as
The Marjorie Sands Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

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 other 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. 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.

(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.


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