New parents look forward to bringing their new baby home, so it is frightening if you newborn needs to come to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, or NICU. Babies who need to go to the unit are usually admitted in the first 24 hours of life. This can included infants who are born early, who have problems during delivery, or those who show signs of a health issue in their first few days.

Tucson Medical Center's NICU is a highly skilled 42-bed Level III nursery with an all-RN staff. The unit operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. TMC's NICU nurses provide expert and complex care to these critically ill infants. We nurture them to help their growth and development, while working closely with the entire team, which includes physicians, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and social workers. Our families are an important part of the team as well. Each day, we use our commitment, passion and expert skills to make a difference for our patients and their families.

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. Click here for information on no-cost family lodging.

TMC's NICU also provides:

  • 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 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.