The highest level of care (Level IV) for the most precious patients
The infants that spend time in the Dana Brown Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital become living proof of the consistently high level of care our team delivers. With new technology, 23-week old gestation babies (those born in the sixth month of pregnancy) are surviving conditions that would have been incomprehensible before the 1980's.
Having a premature baby is a very stressful time, and our goal at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon is to make the time you and your family spend here as comfortable as possible until your baby is ready to go home.
Our NICU is recognized as a Neonatal Center of Excellence by the American Accreditation Healthcare Commission.
Privacy and Comfort
On September 10, 2007, we moved 54 babies into a brand new state-of-the-art NICU. We are the only all-private NICU in the St. Louis area, with 60 beds and plenty of room for parents to stay at their baby's bedside. We also have special rooms for twin babies. We offer other comforts of home like a parent lounge with Wi-Fi access for parents to step away and refrigerators in each room.
The nurses and physicians in the nursery consider parents to be an integral part of the care that babies receive. Parents are closely involved in all medical decision-making, and are welcome to visit 24 hours a day.
Often, the care and compassion our families receive results in a special bond being formed between them and the medical staff. The NICU walls are lined with quilts of imprints of babies' feet that have grown strong and gone home. These colorful imprints posted for everyone to see serve as an inspiration, a reminder that even the smallest of patients can grow up healthy and strong.
NICU Welcome Desk: 314-577-5631 or 800-488-9994
Meet the Team
Our Neonatal Transport Team
When you arrive at the welcome center of the NICU, the staff member at the desk will ask your name and the patient's name. For the safety of our babies, you will be asked this information every time you visit. You will be buzzed into the door and asked to wash your hands at our handwashing station before you enter the baby's room.
If you have any of the following symptoms, you asked to NOT VISIT to help protect babies from exposure to infection:
Cough or runny nose (on day of visit)
Fever, sore throat, vomiting, rash, pink eye or eye drainage(within last 3 days before visit)
Illness or exposure to chicken pox, measles or mumps(within last 4 week before visit)
Parents with mild cold symptoms are free to visit but will be asked to wear a mask and/or other protective measures. Other visitors should not visit until free of these symptoms.
Contact us if you have questions or concerns about whether or not to visit.