Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Georgetown, Texas

At St. David's Georgetown Hospital, we take extra steps to ensure newborns have access to specialized, expert care. When infants are born prematurely or with an illness, we offer treatment at our Level I Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). If this advanced level of care is needed, your baby will receive dedicated attention from a team of board-certified neonatologists and neonatal nurses.

For a free physician referral or more information, call the St. David’s Help Center at (888) 868-2104.

Features of our Level I NICU

Babies who are born prematurely or need closer monitoring will be transferred to our NICU for part of their stay. Our NICU is equipped with an electronic infant security system that allows us to monitor your infant’s location at all times.

As a Level I NICU, our specialized nursery offers advanced care for:

  • Babies born on time (around 40 weeks)
  • Babies born between 35 and 37 weeks but who are otherwise stable
  • Babies born with an illness or before 35 weeks of gestation

We can also arrange emergency transportation to another St. David's HealthCare hospital, if a higher level of care is needed.

Neonatal services we offer

All infants born at our hospital receive care from the same expert team of pediatricians, neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners working out of St. David’s Medical Center. This care begins at our newborn nursery, which is also available for procedures during your infant’s stay.

Newborn diagnostic tests and screening

To diagnose and begin treating conditions, we can perform:

  • Bilirubin tests to check for jaundice
  • Critical congenital heart defect test
  • Newborn hearing tests
  • Newborn screening, which is sent to the Department of Health to test for metabolic disorders

Neonatal surgery

If needed, infants requiring more intensive treatment may be transferred to another St. David’s HealthCare nursery. For example, our neonatal transport team is available to transport high-risk babies who need surgery. These teams are on-call 24/7 and offer prompt transport via air or ambulance.

Access to complete neonatal care

Through the medical team at St. David's Georgetown Hospital and the wider St. David's HealthCare family of hospitals, we give your newborn access to a range of pediatric specialties, including:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Gastroenterology
  • General surgery
  • Hematology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Nephrology (kidneys)
  • Neurology, including pediatric neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Otolaryngology (head and neck)
  • Pulmonology
  • Urology

Directions to our hospital

St. David's Georgetown is located southeast of the Highway 29 and Interstate 35 intersection along the San Gabriel River.

The entire fourth floor of our hospital is dedicated to women’s services, including the NICU, with only one public entrance/exit.

NICU at St. David's HealthCare

The neonatal intensive care unit provides critical care to newborns who are ill or premature. Many factors may lead to a newborn being admitted to the NICU, including low birth weight or complications during delivery. The NICU staff works closely with parents to develop a treatment plan for their newborn.

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