The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Kentucky Children’s Hospital is a 70 bed, level IV facility that provides care to critically ill newborns from all across Central & Eastern Kentucky. With close to 1000 infants admitted each year for medical and/or surgical reasons, & approximately 100 of those infants weighing less than 1000 grams, the KCH NICU cares for all neonates from the simplest to the most complex. Services provided include conventional and high-frequency ventilation, nitric oxide therapy, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), and pre- and post-operative surgical care. KCH also has many pediatric sub-specialties available for consultation including: cardiology, pulmonology, infectious disease, hematology, neurology, pediatric surgery, neurosurgery, ENT, plastic surgery, gastroenterology, radiology, ophthalmology, nephrology & endocrinology.
The Division of Neonatology also operates an outpatient NICU Graduate Clinic, which provides developmental follow-up for at-risk infants. Babies are seen here for physical, neurological and developmental assessments, as well as post-hospital management of on-going medical problems. The clinic also provides evaluation services for infants at-risk for disabilities and/or in need of early intervention. The clinic is staffed by an attending neonatologist, a physical therapist, dietician, psychologist and social services personnel.