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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Newborns sometimes need extra care. For the sickest and most fragile babies, Washington Regional’s Level III-A Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides the highest level of care available in Northwest Arkansas and includes:

  • Private patient rooms that allow parents to stay with their newborn
  • Twins/Multiples rooms
  • 2 open-bay NICU areas with viewing window
  • NICU parent lounge with lockers, showers and sleep chairs
  • Angel Eye® cameras that allow families to easily view their baby when they have to be away from the bedside
  • Region’s only Infant Nutrition Lab, staffed by specially trained technologists, that provides a centralized location for storing moms’ expressed breast milk, as well as a sterile preparation space for adding any extra nutrients an infant might need
  • Dedicated pharmacy
  • Dedicated therapy services
  • Family waiting area
  • Access to Ronald McDonald House

Our tradition of family-centered care – which focuses on the needs of mother, newborn and family – fosters a healing environment that promotes growth and bonding. Our NICU patients and their families get helpful follow-up services for their transition home as well as referrals for needed ongoing care.

Community Resources

Moms who choose to breastfeed receive the guidance and support they need from our team of certified lactation consultants as well as our nursing staff, all of whom are certified breastfeeding advisors.

Washington Regional’s community education classes, such as Infant CPR & Safety, Childbirth Class and Breastfeeding Basics, are designed to support new parents and other family members as they become more confident and comfortable with the care of a newborn.

To enhance the close bond that develops between our staff and NICU families, each year Washington Regional hosts a NICU reunion. This event is a wonderful opportunity for our NICU graduates and families to visit and celebrate milestones with our nurses, physicians and care team.

NICU Providers

Washington Regional NICU patients receive attentive care from a team that includes six board-certified neonatologists, registered nurses, social workers, case management coordinators, dietitians and respiratory, physical, occupational and speech therapists. Plus, at Washington Regional, both mother and baby have immediate access to a full range of comprehensive medical services and specialties available only at a full-service hospital.

Our Providers