Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Every day, around the clock, our nationally recognized staff care for Alaska’s most critical newborn infants in the state’s first Level III Newborn 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 66-bed 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 and our specialized NICU Transport Team. The NICU Transport Team will pick up newborns from around the state who need Level III care and bring them back to the Providence NICU. For those families traveling to Providence 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 newborns while being sensitive to the needs of the family and the developmental needs of the baby. Working as an interdisciplinary team our efforts have received national recognition for improvement advances in quality and safety, as well as family centered care. Our parent navigator and Parents-for-Parents offer a supportive network of graduate parents. Because they have been NICU parents they offer a unique insight into the NICU as well as tips on how to care for your baby while being in the NICU. For more information about any of our available support groups in the NICU, call 907-212-2658.

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, and provides for coordinated care after baby goes home.