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NICU Combines Expert Care and A Gentle Touch for THE Tiniest Patients

When you need us most, Med Center Health is there to help. For premature or high-risk infants, The Medical Center at Bowling Green offers a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), providing state-of-the-art care in the most comfortable setting.

We treat a variety of conditions in newborns including prematurity (usually born before 37 weeks), infants with infections, and heart or respiratory problems. Our high-tech facilities are equipped with the latest instruments and dedicated staff to give the best care close to home.

The Medical Center has highly-trained staff specializing in neonatal medicine, including neonatologists, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, breastfeeding or lactation consultants, occupational and speech therapists, laboratory and radiology technicians and others. We also have medical social workers/discharge planners who work with parents after discharge of newborns to coordinate care and equipment if needed.

We encourage parents to take an active role in helping to care for their infant while in the NICU. Such care, including breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact or “kangaroo care,” helps in the baby’s recovery and development. Parents are encouraged to visit as often as possible, with 24-hour availability.

The Medical Center at Bowling Green NICU is also the first in Southcentral Kentucky to offer NICVIEW, a camera system and secure online portal that allows parents to view their baby 24-hours-a-day and monitor the care being given.

The Medical Center at Bowling Green NICU is a member of Vermont Oxford Network (VON), a worldwide community dedicated to improving the quality, safety, and value of care for newborn infants and families. VON, a nonprofit collaboration, facilitates the world’s largest databases of practices and outcomes for neonatal care and supports data-driven quality improvement, education, and research. Through participation in a VON database, The Medical Center at Bowling Green receives benchmarking reports to identify local quality improvement initiatives with the goal of providing ever-improving care for infants and families.

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