Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Any newborn who is ill or premature is treated in Mission's state-designated neonatal intensive care unit.Approximately 600 babies begin their lives in our unit each year, some of whom are born barely weighing one pound while others require complex surgeries at only a few days old.

Our fifty-one-bed NICU, which opened in 2002, serves as the state's highest level of designated care for seventeen counties in western North Carolina.

The NICU staff joins the delivery team if a baby is being delivered prematurely, or is expected to have problems.

Many of these babies are transported to Mission Hospital from other hospitals by the Infant Transport Team. Our NICU accommodates any sick neonate requiring intensive care, except for those requiring surgical intervention for heart disease.

Our expert team of neonatologists, nurses and therapists make sure these infants and their families receive the most advanced neonatal care and support.  With the support of the Neonatal Development Follow-up Program working with families and children to identify developmental delays and create a course of therapy that will assist in the development up to 2 years of age.

In addition to being the place where staff care for babies with serious threats to their health, the NICU is also where parents learn how to care for their newborn in the NICU's spacious parenting rooms.