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Nursery & NICU —
Dr. Bear® is in NICU

Our partnership with Children’s National Health System means that our babies in The Marjorie Sands Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) have the best care, right here in the community.

  • Children’s National Ranked #1 in neonatology in the U.S. News & World Report 2018-2019 Best Children’s Hospital survey (and ranked in the top 10 since 2008).
    We are proud to be part of that team, with expert neonatologists from Children‘s National on staff in our NICU every day.

  • 700 Babies are cared for in the Marjorie Sands Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) each year. Virginia Hospital Center classified as a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit per the American Academy of Pediatrics, meaning that we can care for infants of any weight and age.

  • More than 100 NICU Team Members from Children’s National and Virginia Hospital Center work together to provide the best care for our babies.
    The Hospital's NICU is managed by board-certified neonatologists and includes pediatric cardiologists from the prestigious Children’s National Health System.
    The program consists of full-time, board-certified physicians, a medical director, physician assistants, neonatal nurse practitioners, registered nurses, lactation consultants, dietitians, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, developmental specialists, case managers, pharmacists and chaplains.
    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 research opportunities between the clinical research teams.
    Our team works collaboratively with parents to optimize the care these delicate patients receive.

  • 28 Private NICU Rooms including 7 twin rooms, 2 triplet rooms and 2 going-home suites (to help prepare families for going home). We like to keep twins and triplets together from the very start. After all, they have already been together for months.
    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.
    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 radio-frequency 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, licensed practical nurses and patient care assistants 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.


Brian Stone, MD, MBA, Medical Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Virginia Hospital Center. Photo courtesy Children's National Health System.

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