Caring for our tiniest patients is a big job. In the Newborn Intensive Care Units (NICUs) at St. Luke's Children's Hospital, St. Luke's Magic Valley, and St. Luke's Meridian, board certified neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists, dedicated pharmacists, dietitians, occupational and physical therapists, medical social workers, chaplains, and other professional staff work together to provide the expert, compassionate care fragile infants and their families require.
Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, our NICU teams are dedicated to the delicate physical, emotional, and developmental needs of premature and severely ill infants, some of whom weigh just over one pound.
St. Luke's Children's Hospital is home to Idaho's largest and most experienced Level III NICU. The unit is equipped to support up to 61 infants and their families. Neonatologists are on site to provide 24-hour immediate care, and work with a broad array of pediatric surgical and medical subspecialists. Virtually every newborn with an emergent or long-term health care need can be cared for in the Children's Hospital NICU.
In the St. Luke's Magic Valley and St. Luke's Meridian Level II NICUs, staff members care for premature infants and infants who require long-term intravenous feedings and infusions, prolonged oxygen support, or tube feeding and breastfeeding support. Board certified neonatologists are on site or on call 24 hours a day.
NIDCAP The St. Luke's Children's Hospital NICU is a certified Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) nursery. The mission of NIDCAP is to ensure that the highest quality of individualized, developmentally supportive, family centered care is available to all newborns in intensive and special care nurseries. St. Luke's is also a NIDCAP training site for medical professionals-one of only 16 worldwide. To learn more about NIDCAP, call (208) 381-2661.
NICU Follow-up Clinic St. Luke's NICU Follow-up Clinic, held at the Children's Specialty Center in Boise, provides continued assessment for many NICU babies after they "graduate" from the unit. Clinic staff members evaluate children's growth and development, ensure their access to resources, and coach parents in recognizing and caring for growth or developmental concerns.
Staff includes a behavior and development pediatric physician specialist, developmental specialist, neonatal nurses, social workers, pediatric physical and occupational therapists, speech and language specialists, and child psychologists. For more information, call (208) 381-7075.
Parent Support and Advocacy
For information on support and advocacy groups for parents of babies in the NICU, contact the NICU social worker or talk with your nurse:
(208) 381-3254 or 381-7673
Watch a short video about the 2011 NICU Graduate Picnic.