Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU)

Intensive care for premature or sick newborn babies

The RNICU at UM Health-Sparrow Children's Center provides intensive around-the-clock care for premature newborn babies and sick full-term babies. Each year UM Health-Sparrow's Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU) cares for nearly 600 acutely ill infants from throughout Mid-Michigan. Under the supervision of Michigan State University Neonatal faculty, specially-trained nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals provide each infant with care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The RNICU offers multiple treatment options, leading-edge technology and specialized equipment designed to support each infant's developmental needs.

Transport services by a dedicated neonatal team

Infants throughout Mid-Michigan who require specialized care are transported to UM Health-Sparrow’s Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU). Babies are transported 24/7 by UM Health-Sparrow’s Critical Care Ground Transport Team.

Neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists, paramedics and emergency medical technicians staff every neonatal transport. The team is supervised via phone contact by a neonatologist at UM Health-Sparrow to monitor each tiny patient’s condition and support the baby’s medical needs. Under certain conditions, a physician may accompany the ground transport team.

Keeping you connected to your baby

When you are away from your baby, you can stay connected with their healthcare needs using the EASE mobile app. The RNICU has a new communication system called EASE (Electronic Access to Surgical Events) which is a software program compliant with all patient privacy provisions and that allows caregivers to update parents/guardians using videos and photos during their baby’s stay. Parents can also include other family members and friends to receive these updates.

To learn more, ask an RNICU caregiver for more information.

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