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Important Visitor Policy Notice

Please click here for the latest visitor policy for the NICU. Visitors must wear a face mask and must be age 16 or older. If you have questions about how current policies may impact your birth experience, please call 941-313-0943


NICUNeonatal Intensive Care Unit

For more than 30 years, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Sarasota Campus has cared for critically ill newborns and the smallest premature babies.

The only Level III intensive care nursery in the area, our NICU is equipped with the latest technology and multi-disciplinary specialists to provide advanced life support and around-the-clock specialty care and monitoring. A special affiliation with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital ensures access to the full spectrum of neonatal and pediatric specialties, and rapid transport to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg for babies who need heart, lung or gastrointestinal surgery.

  • Family-centered care – Despite the high-tech operations at work in our NICU, the care we provide is purely family-centered, meaning all of our efforts revolve around your family. We encourage parents to spend as much time as possible with their babies, and provide accommodations, such as visiting lounges, breast feeding suites, and rooms for overnight stays and family visiting.
  • Developmental care – We encourage families to take an active role in the care of their infants. Cuddling preemies skin-to-skin is the best thing a parent can do for their baby! During your time in the NICU, our neonatal nurses and physicians will teach you everything you need to know to care for your little one at home, and will celebrate with you every milestone in their development.
  • Developmental evaluationsEarly Steps provides free support and special services to monitor and promote healthy development during your baby’s first three years of life. 

For more information about the NICU at SMH-Sarasota, call 941-917-5525.