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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in HSHS St. John's Children’s Hospital provides care to more than 700 premature babies and other seriously ill infants each year.

Nurse and doctor looking at NICU babyWe are a 40-bed, Level III NICU serving patients across south-central Illinois. The NICU also serves the South Central Perinatal Region.

Our expert care teams of neonatologists, nurse practitioners, RNs and respiratory therapists are specially trained to work with our smallest patients. Our team also includes pharmacists, dietitians, lactation specialists, pediatric rehabilitation therapists, social workers and spiritual care staff members who provide outstanding service for our patients.

Visiting Policy

Parents and grandparents with special ID wrist bands may visit any time, day or night. Brothers and sisters, ages two and older, may visit with a parent.

Parents may bring other visitors 16 years and older to visit their baby. A parent must remain with these visitors at all times.

NICU Parents: What you need to know

After you leave the NICU

Beyond the NICU

Beyond the NICU is a pre-term infant home care nursing program to help premature babies and their families make a smooth transition from the hospital to home in both the Springfield and Decatur areas. A specially trained nurse meets with eligible parents in the hospital before discharge and then visits the home regularly for the next 18 months to monitor the child’s health and development, assist with resource needs, such as child care, food and diapers, and help coordinate follow-up care with doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. Learn how it is making an impact on two area families.

NICU Graduate Program
The NICU Graduate Program is a medical follow-up clinic for infants who had a complicated course of treatment while in the NICU and may require oxygen, tracheostomy tubes, feeding tubes or other special equipment at home.

Children coming to the NICU Graduate Program can expect to see a neonatologist, a registered nurse and a registered dietitian. This clinic is free of charge.
NICU Follow-Up & Developmental Continuity Clinics
These are free, developmental clinics for NICU graduates. St. John's staff members monitor the development of these children for three years to look for delays in development (language, social skills, intellect and fine and gross motor skills). If there are concerns, NICU staff members refer parents to services that can help the child be his or her best.

Imagine Tomorrow campaign

As the only Level III NICU in the region, the NICU at HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital is a critical resource for babies who require complex care. St. John’s is seeking to expand the NICU and enhance our ability to provide the highest quality care to our most vulnerable patients.

Our vision is a larger, family-centered unit with single family rooms, which will provide the optimal environment for parents who need to bond with their babies and learn how to care for them at their bedside as they prepare to transition home. As with most worthwhile opportunities, there is a significant philanthropic component to this project through the St. John’s Foundation. Learn more.