Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Benefis Hospitals is the home to Montana's most advanced Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Our NICU provides specialized care for premature and other special needs infants. Benefis NICU offers the most advanced technology, which means that your premature or sick newborn has a much better chance to survive and thrive.
Backed by state-of-the-art equipment, the highly experienced staff works as a team to provide expert care. Neonatologists work closely with Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, registered nurses and respiratory therapists, all of whom have specialized training to provide special attention to these extra-special infants. Nurses in NICU have not only years of experience in caring for special needs infants, but also years of experience on the same care-giving team.
Benefis employs the state's only Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NNP). A NNP is a registered nurse with clinical expertise in neonatal nursing, with advanced training in the management of ill newborns. When a critically ill newborn is admitted to the NICU, in addition to the Neonatologists and NNPs, the baby and their family will have available the expertise of:
- Registered Nurses and Registered Respiratory Therapists with extensive training in the care of small and sick infants.
- Speech Language Pathologists who assist with oral motor development and evaluation to facilitate feeding.
- Physical Therapists who provide motor skills evaluation.
- Clinical Social Workers and Nurse Case Managers who assure that family resource needs are identified early on so that discharge is successful.
- Chaplains who are available to provide spiritual support for the family.