The Newborn Intensive Care at St. Mary's Hospital moved into new facilities in January of 2012. These new facilities are 3x's the previous size, and accommodates 38 sick newborns.
Many infants have individual rooms, but some rooms require (and are equipped for) double occupancy. These are also used for twins. All rooms are equipped with state of the art incubators which control the temperature and humidity according to the infant's needs. The monitoring systems notifying the infant's nurse of any abnormality in an infant's heart rate or oxygen saturation. Many of the incubators can also be used as radiant warmers for stabilization on admission to the nursery.
All NICU rooms have an area for the parents located near a window where there are chairs that convert to a single bed to accomodate parents who want to rest or nap.
Privacy areas are located in the rooms and provide curtains which can be pulled. There are small lockers in the rooms for belongings as well as additional lockers for coats and valuables. There is a shared family room where parents and guests can take a break for coffee or tea, eat, watch TV, use the computers, or rest.
A limited number of Ronald McDonald rooms are available within the hospital for parents with sick children in the hospital. There is also availablity of the Ronald McDonald House (RHM) in Madison, located near UW Hospital and Clinics. A shuttle service runs between St. Mary's and RMH so that a car isn't necessary.