Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Hermitage

Sometimes, babies need a little extra support following childbirth. At TriStar Summit Medical Center, we provide nurturing care for these newborns, giving them additional attention in our Special Care Nursery.

For more information about neonatal care, call TriStar MedLine® at (800) 242-5662.

Security at our NICU

The Special Care Nursery is our name for our Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). It is staffed with specialists ready to provide care for babies born at or after 28 weeks of gestation with minor health problems. If more advanced care is needed, your child has easy access to additional neonatal services through the TriStar Health network.

However, as long as your child is at TriStar Summit, their safety is one of our top priorities. This is why our Special Care Nursery is a secured, locked unit. Additionally, each newborn in our care receives a special bracelet for security to wear throughout their stay.

Highly trained neonatal staff

We employ six, board-certified neonatologists (doctors with specialty training in caring for newborns). Our neonatologists care for babies born prematurely (after 28 weeks) and newborns who are considered high risk. The neonatologists are supported by neonatal nurse practitioners who have undergone additional training in caring for low- and high-risk newborns.

Visiting the Special Care Nursery

When visiting the Special Care Nursery, we ask that you take into consideration the well-being of all babies in our NICU. If you are exhibiting flu or cold symptoms, please wait to visit.

We also ask that all visitors are diligent about hand washing. Protecting the health of newborns in our care is a top priority, and it is important to be respectful of their weakened immune systems.

NICU virtual visiting

When you have a newborn who requires additional care but mom does not, NICU visitation can become a large time commitment for you and your family. If there are times when you are unable to be by your newborn's side, do not worry. We have technology in our Special Care Nursery that allows you to digitally view your child 24/7.

The video feed is a password-protected livestream provided through a camera mounted on the wall near your infant's bed.

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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