The smallest, sickest and most medically complex newborns in Central Virginia get the dedicated, specialized care they require in the region's newest and most up-to-date neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
The NICU at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) provides quiet surroundings, 32 private rooms and the most advanced technologies available to create a healing environment for premature and critically ill newborns.
The NICU's special features include:
- 32 private rooms
- 4 double-patient rooms for multiples (twins, triplets)
- Adjustable lighting
- Developmental care space
- Family lounge
- Family resource center
- Family toilet/shower area
- Overnight accommodations for parents in your child's room
- Pullout sofa
- Desk with Internet access
- Secure wardrobe
- Breast milk refrigerator
- Palliative care suite
- Procedure room
- Sibling playroom
- Two negative pressure rooms, to prevent cross-contamination
We have developed a large team of dedicated and experienced health care professionals who bring rapid, complete and focused care to babies and their families as soon as they need it.
Team members may include:
- Board-certified neonatologists
- Neonatal medicine fellows
- Pediatric residents
- Certified neonatal nurse practitioners
- Family-centered nursing
- Pediatric surgeons, pediatric anesthesiologists, pediatric cardiac surgeons
- Staff pediatric specialties including genetics, endocrinology, nephrology, cardiology, gastroenterology, hematology, pulmonology and infectious diseases
- High-risk perinatalogists
- Occupational, speech and physical therapists
- Pediatric nutritionists, pharmacists and social workers
This expert team enables us to offer complete Level 4 neonatal services – the highest level available – including:
- Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a technology that functions as a replacement for a critically ill child's heart and lungs. Ours is one of only two ECMO centers in Virginia, and one of the first centers to successfully treat babies with this technology.
- High-frequency jet and oscillatory ventilation, nitric oxide, to assist breathing
- Neonatal Continuing Care Program
- Whole-body cooling, providing protection for the brain when there is a reduced level of oxygen or blood flow to the brain
Members of the team are also helping to discover new treatment methods, conducting research on microbiome's effects on newborn health, lung injury, new monitoring technologies and various treatment simulation methods.
Contact and Location
Critical Care Hospital, 6th floor
NICU reception: (804) 828-9956
Neonatal Continuing Care Program appointments: (804) 828-CHOR (2467)