In the Edward NICU your baby will be cared for by some of the best medical, nursing and ancillary care available. In 2008 the staff in Edward NICU took care of almost 500 babies. That number continues to increase every year. During the time that your baby is in the NICU you will meet several different people that have several different roles in the care of your baby.
In addition to our neonatoligist, it may be determined that your baby needs a specialist for various reasons. We will provide a list of those specialists and their phone numbers.
Neonatoligist – A neonatoligist is a pediatrician that specializes in the care of the sick newborns. Generally there is a doctor on service for 1-2 weeks at a time. This doctor makes the care plan for your baby and is in the unit during the day. There is also a neonatologist that covers the unit for the night shift. Edward's NICU has neonatology coverage 24 hours a day.
Nursing Team – Our magnet accredited nurses are all specially trained in the care of newborns – 27 percent with specialty certification. They work with our neonatologists to provide the best care available to your baby. Our nursing team is coordinated 24 hours a day by a "charge RN." Any questions that you have regarding RN care, staffing, and unit policies can be directed to him/her. You can also contact the unit nursing manager, Marge Curran, at (630) 527-5136 to arrange for an special equipment.
Case Manager – Our NICU nurse case manager will help coordinate your baby's care while here in the NICU as well as any outpatient/home care that you baby may need after discharge. She runs the weekly multi-disciplinary care rounds in the NICU. She is also the person who works with the health insurance companies. Please call her with any questions 630-527-5731.
Social Worker - Our NICU social worker is an important person who can direct you and your family to resources that can help you with psychosocial stressors, post partum concerns or issues such as depression, counseling, support, and referrals to resources such as SSI, DSCC, WIC and All Kids.
Respiratory Therapist –- a person who is specially trained in delivering oxygen and managing our patient's airways and breathing. We have respiratory therapy coverage 24 hours a day.
Speech Therapist – Our speech therapist works with some of the babies in our unit for pre-feeding and feeding skills. The patient care "team" will decide if your baby requires this service.
Physical Therapist – Our NICU physical therapists work with our babies their physical and occupational developmental skills. Both our speech and physical therapists are happy to meet with you to discuss your babies care. For more information, talk with your nurse.
Pastoral Care –- Our unit Chaplin is a valuable support person who you can call anytime. You may see the Chaplin in the unit offering support to families. Your nurse can also arrange for you to meet with a Chaplin at any time. or call 630 527-5256. For an emergency please call the hospital operator and request that the On-Call Chaplain be contacted.
Reasons to request a visit from a chaplain:
- Help contacting your church or religious community
- Comfort and emotional support for yourself, a friend or family member
- You feel anxious or upset about a situation
- Communion, prayer, confession or sacrament of the sick
- Special prayer before surgery
- Blessing for a newborn
- Encouragement, thanksgiving and/or celebration during/after treatment
- Grief and bereavement support
Additional members of the NICU team include a pediatric pharmacist, pediatric dietician, and a child life specialist.