Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

The Wasie Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital provides level II and level III neonatal intensive care services for babies who require more care than the Newborn Nursery can provide.

Why Choose the Wasie NICU

  • We are one of 11 Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Centers in Florida
  • We are the largest NICU in Broward County with a total of 64 beds, including:
    • 42 Level III beds
    • 22 Level II beds
  • All neonatologists are board certified and our division is proud to be a pioneer in the introduction of the "Cool cap" hypothermia for asphyxiated newborns in Broward County
  • We have been active participants for more than 20 years in the Vermont Oxford Network, a nonprofit voluntary collaboration of healthcare professionals dedicated to improving the quality and safety of medical care for newborn infants and their families
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Conditions Treated

There are many reasons that a baby would require care in our Wasie NICU. In addition to premature babies or those who experienced complications at birth, we treat babies who are experiencing:

  • Bowel obstructions
  • Cardiac anomalies
  • Congenital anomalies
  • Hydrocephaly
  • Infections
  • Low blood sugar
  • Meconium aspiration syndrome
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis
  • Neonatal sepsis
  • Patent ductus arteriosus
  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension
  • Respiratory distress syndrome
  • Retinopathy of prematurity
  • Tracheo-esophageal fistula
  • Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy
  • Seizures

How We Offer Support

If your baby is being admitted to the NICU, your tremendous joy at the arrival of your baby is probably mixed with concern for your child's health and well-being. We understand the challenges this situation brings and are committed to supporting families through this difficult time. In addition to providing a warm and family-centered nurturing environment to help you bond with your baby, we offer the Conine Clubhouse, a place for families to stay while their babies are being cared for at the hospital.

Visiting the NICU

  • Parents may visit 22 hours a day
    • We exclude 6:30–7:30 am and 6:30–7:30 pm to preserve confidentiality during shift changes
  • Other visitors may come when accompanied by the parents
  • We ask that only two people visit the bedside at one time
  • Visitors must be 18 or older; however, siblings 12 or older may visit when accompanied by a parent
  • To protect the health of our premature and sick babies, no one should visit with fever or other signs of a cold or flu

Learn more about visiting your baby in the NICU.