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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

The pioneering Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Monroe Carell provides the highly specialized, family-centered care your baby needs. Our Level IV NICU has the ability to care for your infant, no matter how serious or complex their condition. Our 24-hour specialized care team is ready to help you and your family through any diagnosis or treatment. 

Meet Your Care Team

William F. Walsh

William F. WalshMD

    Congenital Abnormalities Presenting in the Newborn Period, Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, Neonatology, Newborn Medicine, Pediatric Neonatology, Prematurity
Mhd W. Alrifai

Mhd W. AlrifaiMD

    Pediatric Neonatology
John T. Benjamin

John T. BenjaminMD

    Pediatric Neonatology
Kaley A. Banyai

Kaley A. BanyaiAPRN

    Pediatric Neonatology
Alexandria Buck

Alexandria BuckAPRN

    Pediatric Neonatology
Lauren F. Hensel

Lauren F. HenselNP

    Pediatric Neonatology
Julia N. Peredo

Julia N. PeredoAPRN

    Pediatric Neonatology
Nicole Rovang

Nicole RovangAPRN

    Pediatric Neonatology
Kathryn E. Rush

Kathryn E. RushAPRN

    Pediatric Neonatology
Wendy Todd

Wendy ToddAPRN

    Pediatric Neonatology

Why You Can Trust the NICU at Monroe Carell

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    Highest-level NICU

    The NICU at Monroe Carell is rated Level IV by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This is the highest possible classification. It means your baby will not be transported to another hospital, no matter how serious or complex their condition. Vanderbilt has specialists in both medical and surgical care, as well as specially trained anesthesiologists, who only treat children. This includes the smallest babies born before term.

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    Expert care

    Depending on your baby’s needs, your medical team include many specialists. Pediatric surgeons, neonatology doctors and nurses, pediatric radiologists, respiratory therapists, pediatric pharmacists, nutritionists, lactation specialists, social workers, child life specialists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists are part of our 24-hour NICU team that only cares for children.

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    Groundbreaking program

    Founded in 1961 by Mildred Stahlman, MD, the Vanderbilt NICU was one of the first specialized hospital programs in the world created exclusively for the care of preterm infants. Vanderbilt has remained at the forefront of medical care for babies needing intensive care ever since.

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    Dedicated NICU team

    Our pediatric medical and surgical specialists are available 24 hours a day to respond to the most complex medical conditions. With 119 dedicated NICU beds, we have the space and resources to treat your child when needed.

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    Recognized care

    Our program is a member of Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) data registry for national and international ECMO Centers. Since 2008, Monroe Carell's ECMO Program has been recognized as an ELSO Center of Excellence. We were awarded this honor at the Platinum level in 2023 for our commitment to patient quality and outcomes, training and collaboration.

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    Supportive staff

    Our NICU staff holds weekly meetings to support Family Voices of Tennessee, a program of the Tennessee Disability Coalition that provides emotional and educational support to the families of children with special medical needs.

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Patient Resources

Each of the following links are topical indexes on their subjects. You'll find a wealth of helpful information about neonatal development and caring for babies in the NICU.