Sometimes, babies need a little extra care. Whether they arrived too soon or have health problems at birth, you can take comfort in knowing that PinnacleHealth has the area's only Level III, high-volume Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Each year in our NICU, we care for nearly 500 babies, from very premature (as early as 23 weeks) to full-term infants with complex medical and surgical issues. Parents are always an important part of the care team. We do everything possible to keep you and your family close to your infant if he or she must be in the hospital, including promoting skin-to-skin or Kangaroo Care and "rooming-in." This keeps your family involved in your baby's care and helps prepare you for taking him or her home.
About Our NICU
Our Level III NICU is located at at Harrisburg Hospital
. As a top-level perinatal center we’re ready every day—all day—with the latest technology and monitoring equipment specially designed for tiny babies. In addition, our on-site neonatal doctors are available around the clock and backed by a full range of pediatric subspecialists.
PinnacleHealth is part of the Pediatrix Medical Group. This is the largest group of neonatal experts in the United States, with more than 600 physicians providing care to more than 4,000 babies every day in 240 NICUs across the country. PinnacleHealth is linked to the group by an extensive Intranet service available for "on-line" patient management discussions and consultations.
Our 32 bed NICU offers high-quality, high-tech care that is:
Equipped with sophisticated ventilators – essential in the lung development of premature infants
Staffed with eight board-certified neonatologists, three neonatal nurse practitioners and registered nurses with years of NICU experience.
Backed by pediatric subspecialists in areas ranging from pediatric cardiology and surgery to gastroenterology
Staffed by special volunteers who rock and hold infants during periods when parents cannot be with their babies.
Preparing Parents To Return Home With Their Baby
Most parents who have a baby that required care in the NICU feel nervous about bringing him or her home. At PinnacleHealth, parents can “room-in” with their baby prior to being discharged. A nurse is available to answer questions or concerns and our staff provide ongoing support after your return home.
Free infant CPR classes are also offered to all parents and relatives who have a baby in the NICU.
Neurodevelopment Follow-Up Clinic
Babies requiring care in the NICU often need follow-up care to ensure that they grow and develop properly. Whether the problem is general, such as low birth weight and failure to thrive, or is more specific and unique, babies receive intensive follow-up and treatment, provided by PinnacleHealth’s Neurodevelopment Follow-Up Clinic. This clinic brings together a nutritionist, physical therapist and infant development intervention specialist, all working under the direction of a developmental pediatrician to develop a plan for follow-up care that gives babies the best possible start after leaving the NICU.
For more information call the Children's and Teen Center at (717) 782-4650.
Visiting the NICU
Parents can be with thier babies in the NICU 24 hours a day except during:
Physicians Rounds - approx. 9-10:30 a.m. Parents can join rounds for their baby only.
Only three people are allowed at the baby's bedside at one time, and family and friends may visit ONLY when accompanied by one of the parents.
Visitors other than parents may visit between 10:30 a.m. and approximately 8:00 or 9:00 p.m. at which time there is an announcement made for general visitors to leave. Visitors other than siblings must be 16 years or older, and siblings must be at least 3 years old and have had the chicken pox vaccine at least one month prior to visiting. Parents must supervise children at all times. Please try to keep the visits of young children brief. Parents are responsible for teaching all visitors how to wash their hands properly before entering the unit to decrease infection.
IF YOU OR ANY VISITORS HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO ANY INFECTIOUS DISEASE OR HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT COLD AND FLU, PLEASE DISCUSS THESE WITH YOUR BABY'S NURSE BEFORE ENTERING THE UNIT!