Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU)

Intensive care for premature or sick newborn babies

The RNICU at Sparrow Children's Center provides intensive around-the-clock care for premature newborn babies and sick full-term babies. Each year Sparrow's Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU) cares for nearly 600 acutely ill infants from throughout Mid-Michigan. Under the supervision of Michigan State University Neonatal faculty, specially-trained nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals provide each infant with care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The RNICU offers multiple treatment options, leading-edge technology and specialized equipment designed to support each infant's developmental needs.

Transport services by a dedicated neonatal team

Infants throughout Mid-Michigan who require specialized care are transported to Sparrow’s Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU). Babies are transported 24/7 by Sparrow’s Critical Care Ground Transport Team.

Neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists, paramedics and emergency medical technicians staff every neonatal transport. The team is supervised via phone contact by a neonatologist at Sparrow to monitor each tiny patient’s condition and support the baby’s medical needs. Under certain conditions, a physician may accompany the ground transport team.

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Your Baby's Stay

Getting Questions Answered - Meeting with Your Baby's Doctor
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Going Home

When will my baby be ready to come home? Your baby's physician will ultimately decide when a baby is ready to be discharged.
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NICU Resources

NICU Terms Glossary