Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) at St. Joseph's Hospital-South

Our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is located inside St. Joseph’s Hospital-South in Riverview, Florida, and is part of the BayCare Kids network.

Our New NICU

A level II neonatal intensive care unit  is open at St. Joseph’s Hospital-South. The 10-bed unit, gives newborns and their moms specialized, around-the-clock care from highly trained neonatologists, obstetric and pediatric hospitalists and board-certified maternal fetal medicine physicians and certified nurses.

This family centered NICU provides individualized care and a comforting environment for the whole family. Moms can stay in the baby’s room during their stay, and all the specialized care needed is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In the event that your baby needs an even higher-level care, we can transport them to our level IV NICU at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital.

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Features and Amenities

  • Private Rooms
    Our NICU rooms are built to be a peaceful healing place to promote family bonding. Parents have a private area within their baby's room to sleep, shower or watch TV. Each room has beautiful window views to enhance the coziness.
  • Twin rooms
    Special rooms designed just for twins.
  • Family room
    Specially designed family room which includes a private space for families to talk with their care provider, laundry room, concessions and comfortable lounging space.
  • Breast milk donor program
    If mom can’t provide her own milk, BayCare has a breast milk donor program that provides nutritious human breast milk to babies in the NICU.
  • Respiratory care
    We have a respiratory team that specializes in infants and newborns. They’re trained to handle the care of respiratory-compromised premature babies.
  • Hearing and developmental assessments
    Premature babies always receive a hearing and developmental assessment to determine whether they need additional services, such as rehabilitation, before they go home. Should developmental or medical follow up be required, your baby’s care team will make a plan before discharge.
  • Coordinated care
    Our NICU team updates and discusses care with the families every day that their baby is in our care.
  • Support groups
    Our NICU support group knows that having a baby in the NICU can often be scary and overwhelming. While the focus in on your baby, we strongly encourage you to care for yourself. Coming to a support group is a great way to start; it’s open to all families who have a baby in the NICU. This is a time for you to talk with other families who are in similar situations. You can get the support you need and deserve.
  • Welcome class
    This welcome class will help you get oriented to the NICU and introduce you to the roles of the health care team, explain basic NICU terminology and identify your expectations while your baby is here. We’ll cover the importance of handwashing and discuss the NICU routine. The class is recommended within the first five days after admission.