What do these NICU designations mean?
Mercy is home to an advanced Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This means our NICU provides you with the best care, using the most state-of-the-art equipment and staff who have experience handling the most complicated cases for premature and ill babies over 30 weeks gestation, or 2 lbs. 11 oz. (In fact, we're home to the area's most experienced neonatologist, Dr. Roger Allen).
We feel that we can provide the best and safest care for these babies; and in cases where higher intensity care is required for babies under 30 weeks, we have a relationship with the University of Iowa Children's Hospital for the transfer and care of these babies. The University of Iowa Children's Hospital is home to a Level IIIC NICU, and provides the highest level and cares for the smallest and sickest babies in Iowa. To put it into perspective, last year we transferred less than one percent of babies born at Mercy to a higher level of care – and that was to the University.
Fortunately, very few babies ever require specialized care, but should your baby need it, rest assured. Mercy is equipped to handle high-risk pregnancies, and babies who need special care.
If you'd like to read more about NICU designations and what they mean, you can visit http://www.idph.state.ia.us/.