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
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
We are the only team in northern Nevada that has the capability to:
• Deliver high frequency ventilation in additional to conventional
• 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.