The Level III Bryan Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital is located in Greenville Memorial Hospital. The NICU offers the region’s largest, most advanced level of specialty care for premature or critically ill infants. And we’re one of the state’s leading perinatal teaching centers—that means our experts teach student doctors and other healthcare providers the special skills they need to care for babies and their parents.
We’re ready 24 hours a day with the latest technology and monitoring equipment made for tiny babies (ventilators, incubators, specialized feeding devices and intravenous equipment). And we use the most up-to-date evidence-based practice models. That means we treat babies in the ways that have been proven to be best. We bring all of these pieces together to help babies have the best chance to survive and grow up normally.
Our board-certified neonatal doctors are available on-site and around the clock. They are backed by the area’s largest number of pediatric subspecialists. These specially trained doctors are experienced in areas ranging from pediatric cardiology, general surgery and neurosurgery to pediatric gastroenterology, genetics, pulmonary medicine, neurology, endocrinology, nephrology, hematology and infectious disease.
Other staff members specially trained to care for sick babies include almost 200 dedicated NICU-trained neonatal nurse practitioners, bedside staff nurses, neonatal nutritionists, pediatric pharmacologists, pediatric therapists (occupational, physical, respiratory, speech), social workers and pediatric case managers.
Together, we care for more than 900 babies every year!
Our Pediatric Supportive Care Team helps families who have children with major problems who may need therapy at home or who will need to come back to the hospital later.
Our Pediatric Developmental Care Team follows many high-risk infants for up to three years after they leave the hospital. That way, the team will know If these babies have problems later and can make sure that they get the best care possible.
Other members of our NICU team are special volunteers who rock and hold infants when parents cannot be with their babies.
We are a March of Dimes NICU Support Site, which provides you access to a family support specialist and additional resources to become familiar with the NICU experience and your role as a parent.
We are constantly trying to improve the care we provide. One way is to be part of several large national databases, which helps us compare our quality of care and all of our important clinical outcomes with other centers around the country.
We also take part in many clinical trials that helps us improve care and outcomes. In addition, we learn about new medicines and therapies that may benefit our infants and their parents.
Research tells us that a sick or premature baby needs special surroundings to help them heal better. So our NICU uses soft lights and has special ways to reduce noise.