Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

In what might be regarded as one of UAMS’ best-kept secrets, our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) has an extraordinary history of caring for the state’s smallest and most fragile newborns.

We have a convergence of technology, the latest thinking in neonatal care and nationally known experts in neonatology. Hope for the future health of your child is offered by the knowledge that your baby is being cared for by the compassionate specialists at UAMS.

When you cannot be with your infant, we bridge the distance through web–based cameras. Our ANGEL Eye program is an online system allowing parents and other authorized family members to view babies via a secure website.

Each NICU nurse wears a monitoring device attached to his or her clothing that is programmed to send a signal in the event of a baby’s low heart rate or other concern requiring immediate attention. Central monitoring stations also keep constant watch on each baby’s condition.

UAMS is leading the way in neonatal care by providing private rooms for premature babies, including several rooms for twins and triplets. By placing each baby in a private room, we can reduce stress during this vulnerable time by controlling the noise level and physical stimuli. Because each baby has a private room, you can stay with your newborn for as many days, nights or weeks as you choose.

Medical advances have made it possible for babies as young as 23 weeks to survive. The younger the baby, the longer they typically stay in the hospital. UAMS has the largest private room NICU in the state.

Offering documented survival rates higher than the national average, our NICU is fully equipped to serve the needs of our patients. However, to ensure that we continue meeting the needs of our tiniest and most vulnerable patients, we must regularly enhance or replace our equipment. This includes updating:

Phototherapy systems, which are necessary reduce jaundice level and to prevent high levels of bilirubin that can cause brain damage;

Hard cribs, which allow infants that are here for months, or larger babies, to have a developmentally appropriate bed for stimulation and growth;

Radiant heaters, which maintain stable temperatures for NICU care and ensure that infants can be watched continuously;

Neonatal transport incubators, which keep infants warm and stable with life-saving respiratory therapy while they are being transported.

For more information, contact:

Laurie Ann Ross
Senior Director of Development, UAMS Medical Center

Nurses and families often build lifelong relationships. Each year, a festive reunion with food, photos and fun activities brings together families whose children have spent weeks or months in the NICU.