Neonatal intensive care in Kansas City
Every baby born in an HCA Midwest Health hospital receives high-quality, round-the-clock care. Babies born prematurely and/or with serious health conditions also receive specialized neonatal intensive care. Our hospital network's neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) offer specialized, compassionate care from multidisciplinary specialists in the Kansas City region.
For more information about our neonatal intensive care services, please call us at (877) 769-6636.
Multidisciplinary NICU services we offer
At HCA Midwest Health, we are dedicated to providing expert labor and delivery services. Our goal is to help babies born prematurely or with serious health conditions become healthy and go home as quickly as possible. In our NICUs, babies receive 24/7 monitoring and individualized treatment for acute and chronic conditions, such as breathing difficulties, heart irregularities, infections and birth abnormalities.
Our experienced multidisciplinary teams are made up of specialists in pulmonary care, pediatric cardiology and pediatric endocrinology. Our neonatal specialists work to develop the best treatment plans for each infant. We also offer private suites and secured video streaming services. This allows parents to bond with their children while they are in the NICU.
We care for more fragile newborns than anyone else in the region.
We are committed to serving patients and families at our Level II and Level III NICUs in the Kansas City region. These special units must meet specific requirements and are designated a level according to their capacity to care for newborns.
All of our NICUs are staffed with neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners and infant care specialists. This ensures continuity of care if babies need to be transferred to different HCA Midwest Health NICUs. Parents can also rest assured that their babies' health records can be accessed at any hospital in our system.
Our Level III NICUs in Kansas City, Independence and Overland Park
We offer Level III NICU services at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Research Medical Center and Centerpoint Medical Center.
Overland Park Regional Medical Center's Level III NICU
Overland Park Regional Medical Center (OPRMC) has the most advanced NICU in Johnson County. Our Level III NICU offers advanced care for newborns with serious health issues and babies born as early as 22 weeks gestation, also called “micro-preemies.”
Our neonatal treatments include whole body cooling, which temporarily reduces a newborn's body temperature. This may be used for newborns who are at risk for brain injury following a difficult labor and delivery. By reducing the body temperature, whole body cooling reduces brain damage and improves long-term outcomes.
The neonatologists in our NICU also provide specialized care for newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). This condition occurs when a child experiences symptoms of withdrawal following birth after being exposed to certain drugs during pregnancy. We help gradually improve symptoms through medications, intravenous fluids and skin-to-skin contact.
Research Medical Center's Level III NICU
Research Medical Center is home to a Level III NICU where providers care for babies born as early as 22 weeks gestation. The experienced multidisciplinary NICU team provides highly coordinated, advanced care. This NICU is also equipped with the latest technology to support micro-preemies and other babies who need time and care to heal and grow.
Centerpoint Medical Center's Level III NICU
Centerpoint Medical Center is home to a Level III NICU where specialists care for babies born as early as 28 weeks gestation, also called "preemies." This NICU is equipped with the latest technology to support preemies and other fragile newborns, keeping babies close to their mothers and family until they can go home. Parents can watch live video of their babies through secure webcam services.
Our Level II NICU at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park
We offer Level II NICU services at Menorah Medical Center. At this hospital, specialists provide care for babies born as early as 32 weeks gestation in an intimate, family-centered environment. In this NICU, advanced equipment and technology support newborns with respiratory difficulties and other high-risk complications. The NICU team includes professionals with specialized education and training who are dedicated to caring for our tiniest patients.
Our neonatal experts
All of our NICUs are staffed with expert specialists, including:
- Family support social workers
- Lactation consultants
- Maternal fetal specialists
- Neonatal nurse practitioners
- Pediatric specialty doctors, including:
- Pediatric cardiologists
- Pediatric gastroenterologists
- Pediatric neurologists
- Pediatric orthopedic surgeons
- Pediatric surgeons
- Registered dietitians
- Registered nurses
- Respiratory therapists
Patient- and family-focused neonatal care
At our Level II and III NICUs, we give our tiniest and most vulnerable patients the expert care they need in warm and nurturing environments. We realize how important it is for parents to bond with their babies and how bonding can promote healing. That's why some of our NICUs feature “rooming in” rooms. "Rooming in" can help parents bond with their babies and prepare them for life outside of the hospital.
At all of our NICUs, our expert neonatal specialists answer our new parents' questions and ensure they have as much time as possible with their newborns. When it's time for babies to go home, we make sure parents have all the information and support they need.
Our high-risk pregnancy services
Our advanced infant care can start before babies are born. Some of Kansas City's most experienced specialists make up our maternal-fetal medicine program. We provide women experiencing high-risk pregnancies in utero maternal-fetal consultations. When women with high-risk pregnancies go into labor, our maternal-fetal specialists work closely with our neonatal specialists to provide the best care possible for their babies.
Maternal and neonatal transport services
If a child is born in a hospital that does not have a NICU and needs neonatal intensive care, our dedicated neonatal transport team can safely transfer the baby to any of our four high-level NICUs from any hospital within an approximate 100-mile radius. We can also transport mothers so they can be cared for near their babies. When a baby's condition improves and no longer requires specialized care, we can safely transfer them to a location that may be closer to home.
For answers to your questions about our transport services, please call us at (84)-GoBabyGo or (844) 622-2946.
NICU Follow-Up Clinics
Our NICU Follow-Up Clinics allow specialized transitional care from the NICU to a primary pediatrician's care. The first appointment usually takes place one month after discharge.