Neonatal intensive care unit in southwest Virginia
Lewis Gale Regional Health System is home to a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), also called a special care nursery, offering continued support and treatment for infants that need additional help transitioning to life outside of the womb.
To learn more about the NICU at LewisGale Regional Health System, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (877) 242-2362.
You can trust our expert team to provide support and treatment for your newborn. We are equipped to care for newborns who are born a few weeks early or who are experiencing mild health problems. Our neonatal specialists provide the care your child needs to grow strong enough to go home.
If your infant requires more advanced care, we can arrange safe transport to a higher level NICU at one of our partner facilities.
Trusted neonatal care close to home
Families choose our neonatal care for:
- Advanced expertise. Our experienced NICU team is led by neonatologists, doctors with special training in caring for sick or premature newborns, and also includes neonatal clinical nurse specialists, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and lactation consultants.
- Premier care for preemies. We are equipped to treat babies born between 32 and 35 weeks and babies weighing as little as 3.3 pounds.
- Support for immature lungs. We have advanced respiratory equipment and trained staff to treat babies who require temporary help breathing.
- Unlimited bonding. We encourage you to spend plenty of hands-on time with your baby, holding or feeding as much as possible.
- Breastfeeding support. Our nurses and lactation consultants are specially trained to make sure you feel supported and informed as you and your baby begin your breastfeeding journey.
- Considerate communication. Our caregivers understand that this is a stressful time for your family. We will make sure you stay well-informed while your baby is receiving care.
High-quality care for minor neonatal concerns
Our NICU team at LewisGale Regional Health System cares for babies in need of extra medical attention but not critical care. We specialize in:
- Babies born a little early
- Smaller-than-average babies
- Mild respiratory problems that, with proper care, resolve within 24 hours
- Minor conditions, such as jaundice, that do not require urgent subspecialty care
- Moderate complications that occur during labor and delivery, including small amounts of meconium in the lungs
- Babies who can't stay warm on their own and need to be placed in an incubator
- Babies who are not yet strong enough to feed on their own