The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital is a 70-Bed designated level IV regional referral center. The facility provides care to sick newborns from within the University system and Central and Eastern Kentucky. The NICU admits 800-900 infants per year for medical or surgical reasons. Approximately 120 infants admitted per year weigh less than 1000 grams (majority are inborn). The patient population provides an adequate volume of high-risk obstetrics, routine newborn disorders and rare diseases, as well as complex genetic anomalies. Services provided include conventional and high-frequency ventilation, therapeutic hypothermia, nitric oxide therapy, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), and pre- and post-operative surgical care. The full complement of consulting services is available for complex cases. We are currently in the process of building a new NICU which will feature all private rooms allowing parents to remain with their infants while admitted. Construction is estimated to be complete in mid-2017.
The University of Kentucky Hospital obstetrical unit is also a referral center for high-risk obstetrics, with approximately 2500 deliveries per year with as many as 40% high-risk pregnancies. The Maternal-Fetal Medicine faculty members work closely with the Neonatology faculty not only in the realm of clinical care but also in research endeavors.
Neonatal Fellows see patients in the NICU Graduate Clinic once or twice a month. It is located off campus, but close to the medical center complex. The facilty has six examination rooms that can be used for physical, neurological or developmental assessment using standardized instruments such as the Bayley Scales of Infant Development.
Equipment and laboratory space is available in the Department of Pediatrics Core Laboratory for complex scientific experiments including immunofluorescence, cell cultures, cytokine analysis and small animal facilities. Arrangements can be made with other departments within the University and with outside collaborators. The Division of Neonatology has an ongoing relationship with the Center for Biomedical Engineering and the Departments of Physiology and Anatomy/ Neurobiology. The Medical Center Library provides access to over 1500 current journals and 3,500 total journals with over 125,000 volumes. On-line journals and an inter-library loan service are also available. The William T. Young Library, the main library facility for the University of Kentucky campus, is located near-by.