Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Providing expert care for premature and critically ill babies in Idaho
At Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, we are committed to providing comprehensive, high-quality care for pregnant women and their babies.
If your baby is premature or has a serious health concern after birth, he or she can receive expert care in our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which provides the highest level of care possible for infants.
The NICU, which provides 24-hour, full-service specialty care, allows families from Boise and the surrounding areas in Idaho and eastern Oregon to receive expert treatment close to home.
We specialize in caring for preterm infants as well as the sickest of full-term babies, including those with:
- Extreme prematurity.
- Birth defects.
- Infectious diseases.
- Respiratory problems, including chronic lung disease.
- Cardiac problems, including congenital heart disease.
- Metabolic and endocrine disorders.
The NICU's team approach provides an atmosphere for parents and our expert staff to work together to achieve outcomes that exceed national benchmarks. Through specially developed programs developed by the neonatologists and NICU staff, the Saint Alphonsus NICU length-of-stay and complication rates are significantly lower than the national average.
Features of the NICU include:
- An expert staff of neonatologists, nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, occupational therapists, dietitians, pharmacists, lactation consultants, infection control specialists and chaplains.
- A pinwheel design, which provides a designated area for each family. Family areas include eating space, computer access and a playroom for siblings.
- For parents who need to be near their baby, there are four sleep rooms with shower facilities.
- Overnight transition rooms, which allow parents to stay in the same room as their baby and still have help nearby. This helps parents gain confidence and get used to taking care of their child before going home.
- Certified lactation consultants who are available to help new mothers with questions and problems. There is also a dedicated room for mothers to breastfeed or pump.
Babies are surviving at lower weights than ever imagined, and the NICU is becoming an increasingly more nurturing environment for babies and their families.
The stress on these little babies can be overwhelming. Developmental care is designed to give each baby individualized care based on gestation and medical or developmental needs. Things like reducing noise and light, nesting, swaddling, and skin-to-skin contact can help alleviate stress and may be the interventions used first—addressing problems before pain medication becomes necessary.
Our neonatologists are affiliated with Pediatrix Medical Group a national provider of neonatal intensive care services. They are in the top decile nationally for quality and have pioneered many efforts right here in Boise, Idaho, that have become standard practices nationwide. They are dedicated to improving the survival of the tiniest babies while reducing complications through their 100,000 Babies Campaign.
March of Dimes family support site for premature infants in Idaho
The March of Dimes and Saint Alphonsus have partnered to implement their national NICU Family Support Program, which provides information and comfort to families of premature babies and other critically ill newborns being cared for in the NICU. The goal of the program is to make the journey through newborn intensive care faster and less upsetting for families. Click here to visit to March of Dimes Web site.