Neonatal ICU in Nashville, Tennessee

Every patient plans for the day their child will be born, but not everyone plans on the possibility that they may need to use the services of a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). If your child is born prematurely or with a critical illness, we are here to help. The Level III NICU at The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial is a specialty unit for newborns in Middle Tennessee who need additional care in their first days, weeks or months of life. Here, we will deliver the care your baby needs.

For a free physician referral or more information, call TriStar MedLine® at (800) 242-5662.


Our Level III NICU delivers care for babies who are born at less than 32 weeks gestation or are critically ill. We provide a wide range of lifesaving medical services for your child, including life support, surgical care and respiratory therapy. Our goal is to help your baby quickly reach a level of maturity and health so they can safely go home with you.

We use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and diagnostic tools to ensure babies receive treatment and care that facilitates an environment of healing. Additionally, we provide a minimal stimulation environment to help with the developmental care of our most premature babies.

Experienced neonatal staff

Our highly trained neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners are available 24/7 at our hospital. They work as part of a multidisciplinary team to develop the best treatment plan for each infant.

Our NICU team includes:

  • Specialty-trained nurses
  • Neonatologists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Speech therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Massage therapists
  • Lactation consultants
  • Social workers
  • Case managers

When needed, we also offer advanced diagnostics and treatment for infants needing specialized care in pediatric cardiology, endocrinology and radiology.

Family-centered care

Bonding with your baby is crucial during the first days and weeks after birth. To maximize bonding time and experiences, our NICU staff is committed to providing high-quality support for infants and ensuring families are a central part of the care plan.

NICVIEW cameras

Even when families are away from the hospital, they can still view their baby 24/7. The NICU has 60 NICVIEW cameras that stream live visual images of your infant through a secure online portal. The passcode-protected portal allows parents and family members to view their baby with any device connected to the internet any time they are away from the hospital.

Neonatal transport services

Our neonatal transport team ensures babies born at any of our TriStar Health hospitals who need the care and attention provided by our Level III NICU can be brought to us quickly and safely. This highly-skilled group includes a neonatal nurse practitioner, a respiratory therapist and a registered nurse. They provide stabilization and transport of premature or critically ill infants and are equipped to facilitate high-risk births.

NICU at TriStar Health

The neonatal intensive care unit provides critical care to newborns who are ill or premature. Many factors may lead to a newborn being admitted to the NICU, including low birth weight or complications during delivery. The NICU staff works closely with parents to develop a treatment plan for their newborn.

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