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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The Margaret M. and George A. Stephen Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital is among the largest in the Midwest, with approximately 1,000 admissions every year.

The Stephen NICU contains 47 designated tertiary care beds (Level III) and 18 convalescent (Level II) beds. Extracorporeal life support (ECMO) can be provided for up to three infants at a time within the Stephen NICU. We have a special group of ECMO specialists supplementing the regular NICU nursing staff.

Because you, your family, and your child's healthcare team never want to be far from your baby, we have added these amenities to the area surrounding the Stephen NICU:

  • Visitor's waiting room
  • Breast milk pumping rooms
  • Computer facilities
  • Support facilities for nursing staff
  • On-call sleeping rooms
Charlie and Theo McVay with Sudhir Sriram, MD Born prematurely and with severe gastroschisis, Theo McVay spent months in the Stephen NICU, where a multidisciplinary team coordinated his complex care. » Read Theo's story.

NICU patients include premature babies--some weighing barely more than 1 pound--plus critically ill infants and those with congenital conditions that threaten their young lives. Our neonatology specialists provide the highest level of tertiary and quaternary support for the most complex disorders. Subspecialists in all medical and surgical areas are available at all times and are supported by hospital staffs with technical, laboratory and service expertise.

At Comer Children’s, parents are able to accompany their children day and night throughout their stay in the Stephen NICU. In addition, the latest in pediatric surgery, cardiac surgery, and non-invasive cardiac procedures are offered to critically ill children on a daily basis.


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  • Complications related to prematurity
  • Congenital malformations
  • In utero diagnoses for complex high-risk pregnancies
  • Intraventricular hemorrhage
  • Meconium aspiration requiring ECMO
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis
  • Neonatal ethical problems
  • Respiratory distress syndrome
  • Patent ductus arteriosus
  • Seizures
  • Sepsis

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For referrals, physicians please contact:
Main Office: (773) 702-6210
NICU: (773) 702-6681

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