Neonatal ICU (NICU)

The T.J. and Debbie Day Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Caring for you and your newborn is a top priority. Saint Mary's stands ready to provide the best level of care you need. Should your baby require advanced medical attention, you can feel safe that Saint Mary's T.J. and Debbie Day Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is close at hand. Should your baby be born outside the Reno area, Saint Mary's provides Neonatal Transport services to the northern Nevada region.

Our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is recognized and accredited by the state of Nevada as one of the area's best in caring for urgent baby needs. We also have a perinatologist on staff that specializes in caring for mothers with pre-term labor. The unit provides care to prematurely born infants who often weigh less than two pounds and also to full term babies facing critical conditions, such as those who are fighting infection or recovering from surgery.

Saint Mary's has kept pace with recent advancements in neonatal technology and care. Our technology includes Ohmeda Giraff combination radiant warmer/incubators that are automatically temperature controlled for any sized infant, ventilators that can deliver hundreds of breaths per minute to protect delicate lungs, and breathing devices that can deliver nitric oxide to reverse critical lung disease.

Ten years ago, infants born more than 12 weeks prematurely rarely survived. Today, our staff routinely saves children born 15 or more weeks before their full term. Our highly trained staff has seen their efforts rewarded with an increase in survival rates and reductions in long-term complications.

The 29-bed unit features sufficient space for parents to spend time at the bedside with family centered care, caring for both the baby and their family. There is lighting above each bedside to meet each infant's developmental needs, state of the art monitoring equipment, and eight new beds that can convert from intensive care to intermediate care use.

Additionally, we are well known for our very low infection rates and our incredible nurses who have over 100 years of combined NICU experience and who also provide education for outlying hospitals on premature infant care with the only RN in the region who is a Developmental Specialist.

Parents are encouraged to be at their baby's side whenever they wish. Others visiting will need to be with a parent, and only 2 are able to be at the bedside at one time. Pictures are taken for parents to share with family and friends.

Neonatal Transport Unit

The Neonatal Transport Services at Saint Mary’s offers swift intervention for newborns in need of special critical care services that only a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) can provide. When newborns are critically ill they can be safely transported by an ambulance in a unit that provides an intensive care environment. The ambulance is staffed with our NICU team consisting of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurse, and Respiratory Therapists. They go through extensive training and certification to specialize in the stabilization and safe transportation of premature and critically ill newborns

Each transport unit includes:

• Cool cap therapy, to decrease brain swelling after a traumatic birth
• Specialized chemical mattresses designed for premature/sick babies during transport

We are the only team in northern Nevada that has the capability to:

• Deliver high frequency ventilation in additional to conventional ventilation
• Deliver nitric oxide during transportation

Saint Mary’s NICU team goes through training annually so we can be prepared for any type of situation. Rain or shine we are able to travel to outlying areas to ensure that these babies are receiving the appropriate care that they deserve.

Contact Us: (775) 770-3061

Saint Mary's Donor Milk Program

Babies who are in the TJ and Debbie Day NICU at Saint Mary's receive specialized care. In order to keep those babies growing and thriving, we provide a donor milk program for those who may not be able to receive milk from their mother. Your contribution can help.

What is the Donor Milk Program?

If you are a nursing mother that has a milk supply in excess of what your baby needs, you can help other babies and mothers who need it. Mothers of premature babies often can't produce the amount of milk needed. By donating your breast milk, you can provide potentially life-sustaining benefits to the babies fighting for their lives.

Our Donor Milk Program is operated by Prolacta Bioscience. Prolacta tests and processes all donated milk in order to supply premature babies with an exclusive 100% human milk diet. Donating milk is done in the privacy of your home. Once you are qualified as a donor, Prolacta provides breast milk storage bags as well as shipping coolers with pre-paid shipping labels. Every shipment they receive is cross-matched with that donor's DNA profile, screened for bacteria, and tested for drugs of abuse and other substances. It is then pasteurized, labeled with nutritional value and sold to our NICUs around the country.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the use of human milk for all preterm infants.

How Does the Donor Milk Program Help NICU Babies?

Breast milk helps all babies to grow healthy and strong.

  • It protects against allergies, sickness, and obesity
  • It protects against diseases, like diabetes and cancer
  • It protects against infections, including ear infections
  • Is easily digested

How Do I Become a Donor?

Click here to learn more about our Donor Milk Program.