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The neonatal intensive care unit provides critical care to newborns who are ill or premature. Many factors may lead to a newborn being admitted to the NICU, including low birth weight or complications during delivery. The NICU staff works closely with parents to develop a treatment plan for their newborn.

Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Gainesville

Our NICU offers medical care to newborns who need extra support following delivery.

HCA Florida North Florida Hospital recently moved from a Level II NICU designation to a Level III — the second highest designation available for a NICU. This means we are able to care for babies of any age or weight who are critically ill and require advanced equipment and services in their care. Previously, some mothers and babies would have to move to another facility to receive a higher level of care depending on the child’s circumstances. Now, our hospital will be able to maintain continuity of care for patients in our hospital.

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Our Level III NICU

Our specialists work together and with you to ensure we provide just the right type of care for your baby.

NICU services

Our hospital's NICU offers the following services and amenities:

  • 25 private patient rooms designed with the needs of families in mind
  • Breast milk warmers at every newborn's bedside
  • Comfortable recliners at every newborn's bedside
  • Dedicated family waiting area located directly outside the NICU
  • Bedside refrigerators to store pumped breast milk
  • Monitors at every newborn's bedside for added safety
  • Private family resource room for reading, meditation and family conferences with physicians
  • Soft and indirect lighting to promote a calm environment for healing and proper brain growth.
  • Transition room with private bathroom, to allow parents to spend the night with their newborn while preparing to go home

For questions about our NICU or to check on your newborn, please call us at (352) 333-5880.

High-risk pregnancy support

Some health conditions or personal factors may make a woman's pregnancy high risk. The maternal-fetal medicine specialists within our prenatal care program offer comprehensive high-risk pregnancy services.

By partnering with the expectant mother throughout her pregnancy, we can help manage any concerns and prepare for any additional care that may be required during or after labor and delivery.

Our neonatal specialists

That staff in our NICU includes two board-certified neonatologists and three neonatal nurse practitioners. We pride ourselves on our family-centered approach to caring for your newborn during their stay in the NICU.

Our NICU team also includes:

  • Chaplains
  • Lactation consultants
  • Neonatal dietitians
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Social workers
  • Speech therapists

Remote NICU monitoring for parents

It can be a challenge for parents to stay by their newborn's side at all times during their NICU stay. This is why our NICU is equipped with webcam technology that allows parents and family members to view their newborn from a remote location.

Mothers who are still in the hospital following delivery will be given a tablet to view their newborns from their hospital rooms. Other family members may access the webcam from a computer once they are provided with secure login information.

Level III NICU Grand Opening Celebration

Thank you for joining us for our Virtual Grand Opening Celebration of our brand new Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit! North Florida Hospital is moving from a Level II NICU designation to a Level III---the second highest designation available for a NICU---meaning that we will be able to care for babies of any age or weight who are critically ill and require advanced equipment and services in their care.