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The NICU is dedicated to the care of acutely ill term and pre-term babies born at Providence or transported here for medical or surgical care. The patient conditions most often found in the NICU include respiratory distress; congenital problems including congenital heart, gastrointestinal and neurological defects; and infection.
Specialists caring for NICU patients include neonatologists, pediatricians, pediatric specialists and family practice physicians.
Care is provided 24-hours-a-day by a team of nurses and respiratory therapists, with support service from health unit coordinators and unit support assistants. Additional team members include a case manager, social worker, dietitian, occupational therapist, pharmacist, chaplain, clinical educator, and lactation (breastfeeding) consultants.
Services range from acute care including surgery to long-term care of chronic conditions. There is an emphasis placed on parent involvement and education that is individualized to meet the needs of each family. In addition, a "rooming in" program allows parents to stay in the hospital overnight with their infants so the families feel comfortable caring for their special babies at home.
Providence provides follow-up care to monitor and promote the development of at-risk children, including those who are born premature, have low birth weight, have an identified condition that may lead to developmental delay, have birth defects, or have special care needs during the newborn period.
Screening, assessment and treatment is individualized to meet the specific needs of the child and family.
The Lake County Board of Health has recognized Emily Hall, DO—a pediatrician at Providence St.Joseph Medical Center in Polson—with the 2018 Virginia Reber Public Health Award.