The Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) serves St. George and surrounding communities, providing specialized care for premature and sick infants. We can care for infants up to 17 weeks premature, allowing parents and families to stay close to home for treatment and care of their baby instead of having to travel to a larger city.
The NICU features private rooms to allow families to bond and nurture their babies in a peaceful setting. New mothers are encouraged to breastfeed. Bonding with the baby is facilitated through skin to skin and other techniques. The main NICU is located on the third floor of the St. George Regional 400 East Campus near Labor & Delivery. The NICU Too, a recently added expansion for babies with less severe needs, can be found on the fourth floor next to the Mom/Baby Unit.
Our Care Team
Specialists in an interdisciplinary team work together to provide extraordinary outcomes in the Newborn Intensive Care setting. Our staff has received extensive specialized training. Team members include pharmacists, respiratory therapists, social workers, nurses, physicians, developmental specialists, lactation consultants and care managers.
“We provide a family centered approach to caring for sick infants,” says Larry Eggert, MD. “We find that as family members spend more time with these babies, they become more comfortable caring for them. The babies thrive sooner and often are able to go home earlier.
The NICU at St. George Regional boasts excellent outcomes including fewer days on a ventilator, low invasive line days and no ventilator associated pneumonia (a complication of prematurity) over recent years.
NICU Graduate Clinic
The NICU offers follow up care for newborns after discharge to ensure adequate growth and proper development occurs in the weeks that follow. A team of specialists is involved in the evaluation and planning on an ongoing basis.