Newborn Intensive Care

TMC's Newborn Intensive Care Unit nurses provide expert and complex care to critically ill infants. We nurture them to optimize their growth and development, in collaboration with the entire team of physicians, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and social workers. Each day we use our commitment, passion and expert skills to make a difference for our patients and their families.

We work in an environment where we enjoy collegial relationships with physicians and nurse practitioners. Our professional practice model emphasizes and supports decision-making at the bedside with those closest to the point of care. We share and put into practice our guiding values of family-centered care, professional leadership and participative management in our everyday practice.

Your family is important to us. Having a baby in the intensive care unit can be a stressful and difficult experience for families. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make this time easier for you. Your family's welfare is important to us. Tucson Medical Center's Newborn Intensive Care Unit is a highly skilled 42-bed Level III nursery with an all-RN staff. The NICU supports Labor and Delivery with a team that responds to all high-risk deliveries, and cares primarily for premature, sick and surgical newborns. The unit operates fully, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The NICU is a quiet environment, conducive to developmental growth.

  • 24-hour Neonatology Coverage - TMC is one of the few institutions in this region providing around-the-clock coverage by neonatologists* - physicians who specialize in the care of premature and ill newborns.
  • NICU Educator - The NICU educator provides training in CPR and monitors for all families who meet criteria for this service. The educator also provides current, up-to-date education for the NICU staff.
  • Infant Development Specialist - The NICU has a highly trained Infant Development Specialist who provides optimum developmental intervention to all high-risk infants.
  • Case Manager/Discharge Planner - The NICU has a full-time case manager and discharge planner to facilitate a smooth discharge.
  • Social Service - The NICU has a full-time social worker to provide support to all families in the NICU.

*Neonatologists are doctors who care for any baby who needs assistance in TMC’s nationally renowned Newborn Intensive Care Unit or NICU.

Although your pediatrician can solve most health problems of newborns, a neonatologist is trained specifically to handle the most complex and high-risk situations. If your newborn is premature, or has a serious illness a neonatologist may assist at the time of delivery and in the newborn care of your baby. If a problem is identified before your baby is born, a neonatologist may become involved to consult with your obstetrician in your baby’s care during your pregnancy. Neonatologists have the special training required to evaluate and treat newborns’ medical problems. In addition, neonatologists use equipment that is designed specifically for the tiniest patients.

What kind of training do Neonatologists have?

Neonatologists are medical doctors who have had:

•    At least four years of medical school
•    Three years of residency training in general pediatrics
•    Three years of additional training in newborn intensive care
•    Certification from the American Board of Pediatrics and by the Sub-board of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine