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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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Every day, around the clock, our nationally recognized staff care for Alaska’s most critical newborn infants in the state’s first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. You can take comfort in knowing that if your baby is born prematurely our staff is closely monitoring your baby, providing the complex care necessary.
 
Our 47-bed Level II and Level III NICU is the regional referral center for the state of Alaska serving all Alaskans, including the Alaska Native and military populations. We are able to serve all of Alaska through our partnership with LifeMed transport services with a specialized prenatal team. For those families traveling from outside of Anchorage, Providence Hickel House provides guest housing for parents and family on the Providence Alaska Medical Center campus.
 
Babies cared for in our NICU include babies:
  • born at 22 weeks gestation and weighing as little as 1 pound, 1 ounce
  • born with an infection
  • who are stressed during birth and need additional attention
  • born with a congenital anomaly such as spina bifida, bowel conditions or heart defects
 
Our goal in the NICU is to provide state-of-the-art compassionate care for sick newborn babies. We are sensitive to the individual family needs as well as the developmental needs of the baby. Working as an interdisciplinary team our efforts have received national recognition for family-centered care. In order to establish a relationship before the infant leaves the hospital, the family’s pediatrician is continually updated about the baby’s care. This makes the transition to home easier for both the baby and the parents.
 
Books and articles about care specific to premature and acutely ill babies are available at the bedside through the nursing staff or in the Family Resource Library. Families may conduct their own search to get specific information about prematurity and common complications in newborns.
 
Parents for Parents is a support network of graduate parents. Having previously been NICU parents, they offer a unique insight into the department as well as tips on how to parent a baby while in the NICU environment. For more information about this support group, call 907-212-5895.