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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.
  • Homeward Bound Initiative – We ensure that when it is time for baby’s discharge, parents and families are armed with the information and resources they need to be confident in their caregiving. Our three-pronged approach addresses Family Engagement & Preparedness, Health-Related Social Needs and Transfer & Coordination of Care. For more information on the Homeward Bound Initiative, click here.
  • Family Resource NavigationFirst 1,000 Days Suncoast provides connection with free and low-cost services during pregnancy and families with children 3 and under that include: Child Development, Mental Health, Medical Care, Childcare and more.

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