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​Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Bringing a new life into the world is a miraculous journey. However, 1,900 babies every year need a little more medical attention after birth and are admitted to the UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The NICU at Magee supplies critically ill newborns with specialized, advanced neonatal medical treatment.

About the NICU

The NICU at Magee is equipped with a total of 77 beds, consisting of 48 private bays, and three open-bay pods (located within the NICU, on the 2700 unit, and on the 2800 unit). This makes it the largest NICU in the country with private bays that utilize solid walls instead of glass or curtains. The privacy of these walls enhances Magee’s family centered care philosophy and allows for increased family interaction with baby, nurses, and support staff. With its own triage area, the NICU is able to stabilize newly admitted patients before being transferred into a private room.

About Our Team

This Level III unit is staffed by highly trained neonatal specialists. This team is inclusive of: neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, nutritionists, developmentalists, pharmacists, a neonatal transportation team, and designated neonatal respiratory therapists.

The organizational collaborative efforts of Magee and UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP) allow Magee’s patients to be supported by the CHP medical team. This partnership enables patients requiring surgical intervention or extensive consultation to be transported to CHP for further management.

As a regional referral center for high-risk maternal and fetal care, Magee provides physicians and hospitals across the tri-state area with access to the highest level of resources, resulting in the best possible care for patients.

Family Support

The entire NICU team at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital understands the stress that having a baby in the NICU can place on a family. To support in the reduction of stressors surrounding an admission into the NICU, the team has established several resources to encourage family-centered care:

  • Daily bedside medical team rounding
  • Access to live, consented video streaming of patients for caregiver connection
  • NICU breastfeeding consultants
  • In-unit sleep rooms for parents
  • A dedicated social work team
  • Bedside parental sleep chairs
  • Interactive discharge planning
  • Several nesting rooms for families and patients preparing for discharge

For more information, call the NICU at 877-641-4704.