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  • Neonatology (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or NICU)

    Critically ill newborns require special treatment. The doctors, nurses and counselors on the UK Neonatology team specialize in the treatment of the unique problems faced by at-risk newborns and babies born early, or 'preemies'.

    An experienced team of social workers and counselors work with families to help them deal with the crisis, and it doesn't end when a newborn leaves the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). We provide comprehensive follow-up care plan to help families with the challenges of caring for a high-risk newborn and offer special follow-up care at our NICU Graduate Clinic, designed to help children with developmental problems and abnormalities.

  • Important influenza notice 

    To protect the health of the babies we serve this flu season, UK HealthCare has made temporary changes to Neonatal ICU visitation policies. Read more »

    Para proteger la salud, de los bebés que cuidamos, durante la temporada de influenza, UK HealthCare ha hecho cambios temporales a los reglamentos de visitas en “NICU.” Más »

  • Areas of interest or research:

    • Asphyxia
    • Breastfeeding
    • Calcium metabolism
    • Congenital defects
    • Glucose regulation in newborns
    • Neonatal immunology
    • Neonatal nutrition
    • Parenting
    • Perinatal aspiration syndromes
    • Perinatal metabolism
    • Pulmonary function testing in newborns
    • Respiratory distress syndrome


    • Neonatal Outreach Training program for nurses in hospitals throughout the region
    • Neonatal intensive care unit provides Level III care
    • NICU Graduate Clinic for follow-up of neonatal infants after they leave the NICU
    • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)

    Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

    The NICU is a 66-bed unit providing Level III and intermediate care for the newborn. It provides a neonatal transport team that utilizes the Kentucky Children's Hospital ambulance, a mobile neonatal unit, and serves as a regional neonatal transport center serving Eastern and Central Kentucky.

    Our NICU is fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology to give every at-risk newborn the best possible care. Patient care strategies within the NICU include infant therapy and high frequency ventilation for preemies with breathing disorders.

    Our team utilizes both a ground and air transport system to bring patients to our intensive care environment. Approximately 40 percent of birthing mothers at the UK HealthCare are considered high risk; 20 percent of their infants are low birth weight and are admitted to the NICU. About 50 percent of the NICU admissions come from our own delivery service. The remainder of our infants are transported by the nurse clinician Neonatal Transport Team.

    Neonatal Transport by Kentucky Kids Crew

    The neonatal/pediatric emergency transport team utilizes the Kentucky Children's Hospital ambulance, a mobile neonatal unit, and serves as a regional neonatal transport center serving Eastern and Central Kentucky. Infants with low birth weight are brought immediately to our NICU by helicopter or ambulance. An experienced team of nurses and doctors who specialize in caring for high-risk newborns travel with every patient, so help is always close by.

    Health care providers: For neonatal transportation, call UK•MDs toll free at 1-800-888-5533.

    Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)

    Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation is performed by neonatologists at Kentucky Children's Hospital. Newborns from all over the region are transported to our NICU by our Neonatal Emergency Transport Service.  For more information, go to our ECMO page.

    When an newborn is in respiratory distress, sometimes the best option for saving the child's life is an advanced treatment using an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine. During the procedure, blood is drained from the infant's body through tubes. The blood is then oxygenated and the carbon dioxide is removed. The blood is warmed and then returned to the body through more tubes. With the ECMO machine doing the work of the infant's heart and lungs, the underdeveloped organs are given time to heal.

  • Patient appointments


    Clinic Locations

    Kentucky Children's Hospital
    Chandler Medical Center (HA)
    4th Floor
    1000 S. Limestone
    Lexington Kentucky 40536
    Directions »

    UK Family Care Center
    1135 Red Mile Place 
    Lexington KY 40504
    Directions »

  • Information and Support

    Birth Defects

    March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
    Birth defects, infant mortality, low birthweight.  


    Kentucky Family Partnership - National Family Partnership (NFP)
    The mission of National Family Partnership is to lead and support our nation’s families and communities to nurture the full potential of healthy drug-free youth. 

    Family Voices 

    Sibling Support Project
    Sponsored by Children's Hospital and Medical Center. Their Web site offers information for siblings of children with special health and developmental needs. 


    Directory of Online Genetic Support Groups
    Listing of online genetic support groups. Includes sites pertaining to birth defects, genetics and various syndromes and disorders. 


    Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND)
    Nonprofit group providing information concerning infant death and pregnancy loss to bereaved families and health care providers.   

    MISS - Mothers In Sympathy & Support
    Provides a safe haven for parents to share their grief after the death of a child.  

    Mommies Enduring Neonatal Death (MEND)
    Christian not-for-profit corporation whose purpose is to reach out to those who have lost a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death.  

Page last updated: 4/10/2015 4:32:44 PM