When your newborn has a health concern, you want to receive expert care and keep them close to loved ones. At Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, you can have both. Neonatologists (doctors specializing in sick babies) are available at a moment’s notice.
Our special care nursery provides around-the-clock care to newborns with moderate concerns, like infections. We also offer a Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for babies with more serious issues. And our collaboration with Seattle Children’s gives your baby access to nationally recognized pediatric specialists whenever necessary.
It’s unsettling to learn that your newborn is sick, but you don’t go through it alone. Our team provides information and reassurance that can make your baby’s NICU experience a little less overwhelming. We explain the diagnosis and how treatments can help. You also receive timely updates on your little one’s progress.
Highlights of our program include:
After arriving three weeks early, Suzy’s son Johnny stayed in our special care nursery until he was strong enough to come home. Suzy got to know the staff and noticed how attentive they were. When it was time for her discharge, she felt comfortable leaving her little one in their care.
“If I had to miss a feeding because I was home with my two older children, I’d call the nursery. It was nice that the nurses answering the phone were the same ones who cared for Johnny. They were familiar voices telling me everything I wanted to know.” Watch Suzy tell her story.
The best NICU for your newborn depends on the diagnosis and severity.
Children who benefit from Level III NICU services include babies who are:
Children who benefit from a stay in one of our special care nurseries may be:
Level III NICU services are available at:
Our special care nurseries are in:
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