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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) 

In 2012, St. Mary’s opened its all-new, expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The space is 3x larger than the previous unit; includes state-of-the-art technology; and provides comfort, quiet and privacy—an optimal environment for our tiniest patients.

  • Rooms designed for families with multiples
  • Respite spaces in NICU and our Ronald McDonald Family Room®
  • Faster, more efficient lab testing equipment
  • High-tech Giraffe® Omnibeds
  • Room for up to 38 fragile newborns at a time

We provide advanced medical care for about 500 fragile newborns each year. Our neonatologists (doctors who are experts in caring for critically ill newborns) are onsite 24/7. NICU nurses, respiratory therapists and other caregivers support babies’ growth and development and also teach families how to care for their fragile child.

St. Mary’s also serves as a regional referral center. Hospitals throughout south-central Wisconsin turn to our NICU experts when they need advice about a patient or wish to transfer a newborn to St. Mary’s via helicopter or our specially equipped ambulance.


NICU Patient Room (NBC 15)
Learn about a few features that reduce disruption to babies and provide extra levels of infection control.
Helping Fragile Newborns Grow (WKOW TV)
NICU nursing director Diane Buss explains what makes a hospital environment optimal for fragile newborns.


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