Southeast Hospital was the first hospital in the region to establish a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in the late 1970s. Experienced neonatologist Paul Caruso, MD, cares for babies and works closely with Southeast's pediatric hospitalists, providing specialized inpatient care for newborns around the clock.
Features of Southeast's NICU
Space for family
- Eight individual suites designed for family-centered care
- Private areas for families to bond with their babies
Calm, soothing environment
- Low noise level
- Subdued lighting
World class monitoring
- Nihon Kohden monitoring system allows for real-time monitoring of
- Heart rate
- The sensors, probes and cuffs are designed specifically for neonatal monitoring.
See Your Baby While Away From the Hospital
The webcam system provides a secure video link for parents, siblings, grandparents, friends and family to keep a close eye on their infants in the NICU 24 hours a day. It serves as an emotional lifeline and a great source of comfort when parents are unable to be at the hospital.
Bonding between parents and their new baby is as important in the NICU as it is at home. Being able to view their infant in real-time video helps families develop that bond.
Caring for Your Baby at Home
We provide one-on-one teaching to ease the transition from the NICU to home.
Clinical Affiliation With Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center
Clinical affiliation with the nationally recognized pediatric center formalized a long-standing relationship between SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center and Southeast Hospital. Through the partnership, providers at Southeast are assured access to leading edge approaches in the care of critically ill newborns and children.
Babies who require specialized ventilator support, are extremely premature, have heart anomalies or require the services of a pediatric surgeon are transferred to Cardinal Glennon in St. Louis. Many babies who are transferred to St. Louis for complex care return to Southeast Hospital for continued care so that their families can become more easily involved as their infants are prepared for discharge.
Southeast's Nursery and NICU are named in memory of Jesse R. Ramsey, DO, who was instrumental in the development of the region's first NICU at the hospital.