UAB Medicine

October 16, 2012

Caring for Our Tiniest Patients

Caring for Our Tiniest Patients
The UAB Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides expert care for Alabama’s sickest and tiniest newborns. Today, our services are even more dynamic thanks to our physical connection via sky bridge to the new Children’s of Alabama Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children.

“Being physically linked to the Children’s Hospital will allow a much easier transition for our patients who sometimes need a broader range of services that a children’s hospital can provide,” says Nurse Manager Brandi L. Duke, BSN, RN, Women & Infants Services. “Our goal is always to provide the highest level of expertise available, from our neonatologists to our nurses. We are able to do this with a focus on family-centered and compassionate care. The bridge to Children’s just gives us one more easy way to do that.”

Credentials that Matter
Together with Children’s of Alabama, UAB’s NICU is Alabama’s only Level IV Unit, providing the highest and most comprehensive level of care for newborns in need. UAB’s survival rate and rate of survival without handicap for all premature babies is among the best in the country year after year. Our neonatologists are available in house, 24/7/365, whenever a baby may need specialized care. In addition, UAB is one of only two hospitals in Alabama with a Magnet-certified nursing staff, which means our nurses are known for their compassionate and skilled care.

Local, Regional, and National Recognition
Our OB/GYN services are consistently ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News and World Report, and many of our doctors regularly appear in the annual list of The Best Doctors® in America.

Most recently, UAB’s Director of Neonatology Dr. Wally Carlo received the coveted 2012 Virginia Apgar Award, the highest award given by the Section on Perinatal Pediatrics of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Carlo is recognized for his leading role in many advances in neonatal-perinatal medicine during the last three decades and for establishing the current guidelines for neonatal care in the US and worldwide.

Closer to home, UAB’s  NICU was selected by Birmingham parents as the Best Hospital NICU in Birmingham and Alabama Baby magazines’ 2012 Parent’s Choice Awards, the second year in a row it received the award. It is the largest all-private room NICU in the country, caring for more than 1,500 babies each year.

Amenities Galore
The UAB Women & Infants Center brings together the most cutting-edge care to our patients in an environment designed with their—and their families’—comfort in mind. Learn more about our state-of-the-art center by taking our virtual tour.